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Senior Citizen's Guide

Hearing Loss
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Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the United States. It affects ten percent of the population – a conservative estimate given that many people needlessly avoid seeking help. In the United States, hearing loss affects:

Nearly 95 percent of people with hearing impairments can be helped with hearing aids.

Risk Indicators for Hearing Loss

Common Hearing Disorders

High frequency (high pitched) hearing loss is the most prevalent condition in the hearing impairment spectrum. It can occur with advancing age and is commonly associated with noise exposure.

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) affects about 12 million people in the United States – at least one million are affected severely enough to interfere with daily activities. People over age 50 are twice as likely to experience tinnitus.

Balance Disorders

Many times, inner ear problems cause people to fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury in people age 65 and older. Balance problems, or vertigo, prompt about six million U.S. residents to seek care each year. Nearly all balance disorders are caused by inner ear problems, and most patients – more than 85 percent – benefit from audiological treatment.

Hearing healthcare is constantly improving due to new and improved technology, as well as specialize care by Doctors of Audiology. Audiologists:

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