Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are affected by hearing loss. In the United States alone, 1 out of every 8 people experience some level of hearing loss. Severity can range from mild to profound and involve only one or both ears. Causes abound and it touches every age group, however, it is most common in those over the age of 60.
Thankfully, today we have numerous high tech and effective solutions, including state-of-the-art hearing aids yet it still takes on average about 7 years of hearing loss for individuals to seek treatment!
Hearing loss is not harmless and there are several far-reaching consequences of hearing loss for not just the one experiencing the hearing loss but loved ones and others close to them. Hearing loss that goes unaddressed can impact overall health, along with well-being and quality of life. Research shows that people with hearing loss have higher rates of cognitive decline, social interaction and depression.
Untreated hearing loss in children can significantly impact their speech development, learning and social interactions. For those still in the workforce, hearing loss is linked to decreased opportunity for advancements, unemployment and significantly lower earnings than their hearing counterparts.
Symptoms of hearing loss vary depending on the type and degree of hearing loss as well as the cause and duration. Age-related hearing loss typically involves difficulty hearing higher frequency sounds, such as women’s voices and birds chirping.
If you think you or a loved one have started to lose some or all hearing, don’t delay, call us today! It is important to seek the advice of a qualified hearing healthcare professional, such our ENT specialists and audiologists and get tested. Hearing tests are simple, pain-free, and can give immediate results. The hearing health professionals at Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist of Wisconsin will conduct a thorough history consultation and discuss the challenges you are having with your hearing, your lifestyle and your communication needs. Call today!