Hearing Loss in Adults
Hearing loss in adults is more common than one might think. An estimated 48 million Americans experiencing hearing loss. Hearing loss is defined as a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to do normal everyday tasks. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Typically hearing loss in adults happens gradually with age, but sometimes it is due to damage from loud noises, illnesses, or hereditary reasons. Most hearing loss is mild and treatable.
You may have a hearing problem if you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions:
- Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear them?
- Do you feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have difficulty hearing them?
- Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
- Do you feel restricted or limited by a hearing problem?
- Do you often turn the TV or radio volume up louder when others are hearing it at a normal level?
- Do you have trouble hearing family or friends when you are together in a restaurant or other noisy setting?
Adapted from Ventry I.M. & Weinstein, B.E. (1982). The hearing handicap inventory for the elderly: A new tool. Ear Hear 3(3),128–134.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may want to have your hearing checked. Hearing loss in adults is common, but there are treatments to help you restore what loss has occurred. Contact us today! Our team of specialists are on standby waiting to help you.