The Facts

Hearing loss is more common than you think.

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans. 1 in 14 adults between the ages of 37-48 already have hearing loss and it increases to 1 in 6 for those aged 49-66. Approximately 33% of people over the age of 60 suffer from hearing loss. That figure jumps to 50% for those older than 85.

Most people wait years before seeing an audiologist.

Approximately 36 million American adults, or 17%, have some degree of hearing loss. But on average, people wait 7 years after their hearing problems begin before visiting an ear doctor.

Loved ones are the first to notice.

If someone you love is having hearing issues, you’ll know it — maybe even before they do. You might find yourself having to repeat things, or you may notice they turn the television up too loud or don’t always respond appropriately. These are just a couple of the signs of hearing loss.

It can cause isolation and depression.

Hearing loss is more than a minor annoyance; it builds a wall between you and the world around you. Uncorrected hearing loss has several consequences. Older adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression and anxiety, and less likely to join in social gatherings.

Most hearing loss is treatable.

Chances are, your hearing loss can be treated. In fact, 95% of hearing loss is treatable with hearing aids.

Like any health problem, the sooner you do something about it the better. The longer someone waits to get hearing aids, the longer it takes to re-learn how to process sounds and speech.

Contact Hearing Doctors of Kansas today — we are here to help.

Sources: National Institutes of Health, Hearing Loss Association of America, National Council on Aging, American Academy of Audiology