Hearing loss affects 27 million Americans. Hearing loss is a condition that, in most cases, develops gradually — many people do not realize they are affected. Fortunately, modern hearing care has become more aware of the symptoms of hearing loss. This increased awareness has helped millions hear better and enjoy life more.
Undetected but Significant
Hearing is one of the basic ways we communicate and interact with each other. Undetected hearing loss can have serious consequences. According to an independent survey, older people with undetected hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety, paranoia, emotional problems, and reduced social activity. The survey concluded that seniors who treat their hearing loss have better relationships with their families, improved mental health, greater independence, and stronger feelings of security.
Although hearing loss is a very personal condition, the symptoms of hearing loss are fairly consistent. The following are warning signs of hearing loss:
- People seem to mumble more frequently
- You hear, but have trouble understanding all the words in conversation
- You often ask people to repeat themselves
- You find telephone conversation increasingly difficult
- Your family or friends complain that you play the TV or radio too loudly
- You no longer hear normal household sounds like the ringing of a doorbell
- You have difficulty understanding conversation when in a large group or crowd
If you experience these warning signs repeatedly or in combination, it may indicate a hearing loss.
The Only Way to Know For Sure
Hearing loss itself can be misunderstood. A hearing screening provides an accurate evaluation of what you’re hearing and what you’re not.
Testing Is Available for Free
Beltone offers free hearing screenings at their 1500 hearing care centers throughout the nation. If you’re interested, please call toll-free 1-866-735-8333 for the nearest location.
AMAC, Inc. recommends that you always consult your personal physician before making any health care decisions.