To understand why hearing loss is so pervasive, it's important to first understand how hearing loss happens.
Hearing loss happens when any part of our delicate hearing system stops working properly, whether it's due to damage or deterioration. The most susceptible and common parts to break down are the microscopic stereocilia, the thousands of tiny hair cells that detect and send sound impulses to the brain.
When these tiny hair cells become injured, diseased or die naturally due to aging, the result is sensorineural hearing loss. This is by far the most common of the two types of hearing loss.
Many things can cause our hearing system to stop functioning properly. The two most common causes are:
According to a Johns Hopkins University study:
More than 30 million Americans are exposed to
dangerous levels of noise in their workplace.
Hearing loss has a significant negative impact on workplace earnings; specifically, untreated hearing loss results in lower earnings.
An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some
degree of hearing loss.
80% of teens with hearing loss report that it is due to loud noise.
About 2 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
Hearing issues are the most common service-connected
disabilities among American veterans.
2.3 million veterans receive either disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for hearing-related issues.
Half of all blast-induced injuries result in permanent hearing loss for veterans.
Do you prefer the TV or radio louder than others?
Do you have trouble understanding what's
being said unless you are directly facing the speaker?
Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid social occasions, family gatherings or
group meetings where listening may be difficult?
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