About Hearing Health

An Introduction to Hearing Health

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Hearing Loss Symptoms

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Introduction to Hearing Health

Annually, you visit your primary care physician for a general check up on your overall health. You may also visit a dentist every 6 months for oral health and an optometrist for your eyes. But who is taking care of your ears and hearing health? According to the World Health Organization, over 1.5 billion people globally live with hearing loss and this number is expected to rise to over 2.5 billion by 2050.

Hearing loss can often be age related. However, as technology advances, we're also seeing younger generations experience hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud music and recreational sounds. Hearing loss can affect everyone of all ages and the truth is hearing loss does not just affect your hearing capability. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss increases the risk of other health conditions, such as depression, and lead to cognitive decline and contribute to the risk of dementia. Untreated hearing loss can also impact your physical health and safety, and may contribute to balance issues. 

Do You Have Hearing Loss?

Often, individuals with untreated hearing loss develop coping methods to avoid addressing the issue, such as turning up the volume on their devices or avoiding noisy crowds to better hear the people around them. The small sounds you once could hear are no longer noticeable.

IHS recommends adults aged 21 and over should have a hearing check every three years or more frequently based on a variety of factors.  

Do you experience these common hearing loss symptoms?

Consult a hearing professional near you to check up on your hearing health and confirm whether you might benefit from the use of a hearing aid or need other type of assistance. You can find a hearing aid specialist in your area by using our Find A Provider locator or call the Hearing Aid Helpline at (800) 521-5247. When you call the helpline, be sure to ask for the consumer kit. Each kit includes a booklet on hearing loss and hearing aids, and a listing of qualified Hearing Aid Specialists in your area.

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