Introduction to Hearing Loss

Cupping your hand to your ear may help you to hear, but it isn't a permanent solution. 

Cupping your hand to your ear may help you to hear, but it isn't a permanent solution. 

Hearing loss happens to everyone in time. It is so common that in the United States about half of all people over the age of 65 experience hearing loss. If you have difficulty hearing, you may not want to visit with loved ones or be able to enjoy music and television. Hearing loss changes your lifestyle and may cause feelings of social isolation or depression. 

There are many factors that can cause hearing loss. The most common cause is old age, but loud noise over a long time may be responsible. Other conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure also contribute to hearing loss. In general, hearing loss is not reversible, but there are ways available to help you hear well. 

  • The symptoms of hearing loss may include:
  • Hearing but not understanding 
  • Difficulty hearing women and children
  • Frequent statements of "Huh?", "What?", or "Can you repeat that?"
  • Increased television or radio volume
  • Feeling uncomfortable in crowded conversations

The best thing to do if you experience any of these symptoms is to have your hearing checked. Appointments take about 1 hour and are completely free of charge. 

Sources for this page include the Mayo Clinic and the National Institute of Health

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