Does it seem like a hearing test is something you only get if you think you have a problem with your ears? Maybe a spouse complains you have the sound too high on the television when you watch your favorite show or you've noticed that conversations seem garbled more and more. Those are both practical reasons to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional.
It is a fact that hearing loss affects around 14 percent of the adult population in this country – including 25 percent of people over the age of 55. Tack on another 14.9 percent for kids who have some degree of hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the impact this problem is clear. What do you think these individuals can’t hear, though?
Hearing loss is a widespread problem in the U.S., one affecting 48 million people – approximately 20 percent of the entire population. The chances you know someone who has hearing loss are around 1 in 5.
Generally, hearing loss is due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds or simply the consequences of aging. For some individuals, though, hearing loss is a symptom of a less common condition.
Consider six little-known hearing disorders you should know more about.