One of the most common health problems in the U.S. today is hearing loss. Dr. Frank Lin from Johns Hopkins Hospital reported recently that nearly one fifth of all Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss so severe that it may make communication difficult. The findings, thought to be the first nationally representative estimate of hearing loss, suggest that many more people than previously thought are affected by this condition.
Often, the loss develops so gradually it goes unnoticed until it becomes severe. As the percentage of elderly in the population increases, so does the incidence of hearing loss and its unfortunate accompaniment, progressive isolation from others. “It’s sad and frustrating,” “to see a loved one smile and nod pretending to understand what’s been said. Yet, when relatives and friends suggest professional help, this reasonable advice is often ignored.”
Those with a hearing loss, may find it easier to recognize their problem by seeing how many of the following signs of hearing loss apply to them:
- Playing the TV too loudly.
- Difficulty understanding someone speaking from another room.
- Answering questions incorrectly or responding inappropriately.
- Ringing in one or both ears.
- Insisting that people don’t speak clearly enough.
- Speaking too loudly.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, call us today. Hearing loss is a problem that affects millions of people, you won’t be the only one making that call today.