Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Today, more than 48 million Americans have a hearing impairment to some degree. Learn more about how you can prevent different kinds of hearing problems, their causes, and about treatment options like hearing aids.
There are three main classifications of hearing loss, and treatment will often depend on the kind of hearing loss you have. Types of hearing loss include:
Impaired hearing occurs at different levels of severity. Let’s discuss the different degrees of hearing loss and the sound levels you can hear at each.
Since hearing loss often happens gradually, the symptoms can by subtle or even missed:
Effective treatment for impaired hearing depends on both the type of hearing loss as well as the cause. Sometimes it can be as simple as removing excess ear wax. In other cases, however, surgery may be necessary.
This is usually the case when there are abnormalities of the ear drum or bones of the ear or you've had repeated infections. Luckily, most cases of sensorineural hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
Our hearing is precious and connects us to the people and things we love. It's important to protect our hearing so we can enjoy all it does for us. Our three top tips for hearing loss prevention are:
What does hearing loss sound like? Watch to experience firsthand the effects of hearing loss over time.
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