There are 48 million Americans who have a significant hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is the third most prevalent health issue in older adults, after arthritis and heart disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Age-related hearing loss affects one in three of us by the age of 65. And, although hearing loss has been shown to negatively impact nearly every dimension of the human experience: physical health, emotional and mental health, perceptions of mental acuity, social skills, family relationships and self-esteem, people often don’t seek available help for it, reports the Hearing Loss Association of America.
Less than 30 percent of adults aged 70 or older who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. And that number drops to 16 percent of adults aged 20 to 69.
If you think you have hearing loss, see an ear, nose, and throat doctor (otolaryngologist or otologist) or your primary care physician to verify if you have a hearing loss and to rule out any medical condition.
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