Hearing Evaluation & Testing
Hearing loss affects approximately 17 in 1,000 children under age 18.
Hearing loss can be a gradual process, often taking years before an individual notices difficulty hearing. Approximately 30 percent of people over age 65 have a hearing loss and approximately 45 percent of people over age 75 have a hearing loss.
Primary Causes of Hearing Loss
- Excessive noise (i.e. construction, rock music, gun shot, etc)
- Aging (presbycusis)
- Infections (otitis media)
- Injury to the head or ear
- Birth defects or genetics
- Ototoxic reaction to drugs or cancer treatment (i.e. antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation)
What are Some Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Often avoiding social situations
- Difficulty understanding speech in noisy situations
- Feel that people are mumbling when they speak to you
- Turning the television volume up so loud that others complain
- Often misunderstanding conversations
- Having to look at the speaker’s face carefully to follow conversation
- Difficulty hearing in church or an auditorium
- Ringing in the ear(s)