Hearing Loss and Disorder Facts
Posted on Oct 19, 2016 2017-07-07T14:33:59+00:00 0 Uncategorized Emergency Medical Care
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Hearing loss is a shockingly common problem in the United States that can happen for various reasons and in degrees of severity. Let’s take a look at some of the facts behind hearing loss:  
  1. There are 4 medically defined stages of hearing loss: mild, moderate, severe and profound
  2. Over 48 million America adults report some degree of hearing loss
  3. Nearly 3 of every 1000 American children are born with varying degrees of hearing loss
  4. Both parents of over 90% of deaf children have no hearing problems themselves
  5. Some chronic diseases (namely heart diseases) can cause hearing loss by effecting how much blood is reaching the ears
  6. Approximately 4000 people suffer sudden hearing loss annually in the United States, and the cause is only found it 10-15%
  7. A concussion or similar blunt force to the head can cause acute hearing loss (permanent or temporary)
  8. About 5% of children have a disorder called Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) which prevents them from being able to distinguish some sounds from others, and causes confusion, inability to listen to instructions and noise intolerance
  9. Most hearing loss fades so gradually it is only detected when it is more advanced
  10. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), hearing loss is the third leading chronic physical condition after arthritis and heart disease
  11. Advanced age is the leading cause of hearing loss
  12. Nearly half of adults aged 75 or order have disabling levels of hearing loss
  13. Unfortunately, hearing loss is often confused for dementia older persons because they may be confused, disoriented and off balance, symptoms that can correlate with cognitive decline. (Therefor, it is important to have an older person’s hearing tested before looking into senility)
  14. Some cases of hearing loss are dependant on continuously noisy environments, for example, 44% of carpenters develop early hearing loss
  15. Hearing problems and disorders are more prevalent among males than females
  16. Some types of hearing loss can be treated with surgery, some can be helped with the use of a hearing aid, and some cases cannot be helped
  17. Genetics have a role to play in many cases of deafness and hearing loss
  18. Some medications such as antibiotics, blood thinners or chemotherapy medications can cause hearing loss
  19. Sometimes ear infections can cause hearing loss, so if you have itchiness, clogged ears, swelling or other symptoms, have your doctor check for infection
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