No matter your age, hearing loss can affect anyone; it has no boundaries when it comes to gender, race or ethnicity either. In fact, it’s an equal opportunity challenge!
The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that about 20 percent of Americans are impacted to some degree. There are four levels of impact based on the level of your loss from mild to profound. A decibel (dB) refers to the intensity of a sound or noise. It can also be the electrical signal of a power level. When it comes to hearing, the standard dB range is negative ten to 15.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Behind arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is among the most common public health conditions. And by the age of 65, one in three of us will experience a hearing loss. The correlation between age and hearing cannot be denied, and as we all know, there can be a stigma attached to the use of hearing aids.
It may help you to know that this sad shame originated in our history because people who had hearing loss appeared out of place and “stupid” because they were viewed as being unable to learn. Unfortunately, at the time they were often feared, scorned, and distanced from “normal” individuals. Still, today sufferers of hearing loss may have low self-esteem and will isolate themselves to avoid adverse perceptions. Fear not friends; we can help you combat stigmas, which are utterly unfounded.
If you have a hearing impairment that you have not accepted, it’s time to face the facts. Please have your hearing tested to identify the degree of loss and then consider your options. We know how you feel and understand your hesitancy to accept a diagnosis. Please allow these suggestions to encourage you to take the next step.
We hope your concluding thoughts mirror ours. When you fail to use a hearing aid and one is needed; you risk being perceived as rude and distant. You can easily avoid the risk by recognizing and accepting the fact that you need a little help. People will understand your condition, accept it and be willing to do whatever they can to be helpful. You will likely hear “I’m so glad you told me, I have the same problem.”