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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One in Five Americans Have Hearing Loss

American train station where one in five have hearing loss.

Research shows hearing loss affects one in five Americans and is the most common condition after arthritis and heart disease. A similar study by the National Council on Aging found that an estimated 19 million adults from age 45 and up have hearing loss and though fewer than half use hearing aids, that statistic is changing as old hearing aid myths are debunked.

Hearing is not only a very personalized sense but it's also complex. Hearing technology therefore has a near impossible job, because it has to provide comfort, increase sound, decrease background noise and a hundred other small details that make your hearing unique to you. Fortunately, hearing aid manufacturers are up to the task and some of the new and improved advances in hearing aids have permanently debunked the old myths about this technology.

Not only are the old stereotypes about hearing aids being debunked, but studies also show people who improve their hearing with hearing aids more often reported better relationships with their families, better feelings about themselves, improved mental health, and greater independence and security. So how do you tell if you have hearing loss? Hearing loss is progressive and signs indicating the condition can be subtle. Below is a video that talks further about the recent study indicating one in five Americans have hearing loss and introduces a few key ways to determine if you have hearing loss.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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