Every year approximately 15% of adults living in the US will experience trouble hearing. This is roughly 37.5 million people, between the ages of 20 to 69. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of reasons including noise pollution. Noise pollution is the frequent exposure to sound. Often, things like frequent headphone use, loud music, heavy machinery, gunshots, and other high frequency sound are the causes of hearing loss.
Additionally, damage to the inner ear can cause an individual to experience hearing loss. This is due to the continuous wearing down of the tiny hairs and/or nerve cells in the cochlea, which is the section of the ear that sends signals to the brain. Once these hairs have been worn down they do not grow back. When an individual experiences gradual hearing loss, it is due to a condition called presbycusis. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, around 35% of adults over the age of 55 experience presbycusis.
There are a number of diseases that can cause hearing loss. Meniere’s disease and Otosclerosis are both diseases that can cause hearing deafness. Meniere’s disease, typically affects only one ear and individuals may experience symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus, and ear pressure. Otosclerosis is a disease of the middle ear in which one of the bones in your ear drum in unable to vibrate. Often, individuals who suffer from otosclerosis experience vertigo, and symptoms of tinnitus.
No matter the cause, hearing loss is often permanent. That’s why if you are suffering from hearing loss it is essential to get your hearing checked. This can help you determine your level of hearing loss so that you can find the right hearing device for you. For help finding the right hearing aid for you, contact us today.