Your Hearing

How common is hearing loss?

Did you know, one out of every six baby boomers suffers from some form of hearing loss?

A study conducted by the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders determined that:
1 in 4 people over age 65 have a hearing loss
1 in 2 over the age of 75 have a hearing loss

Behind only arthritis and hypertension, hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition, affecting approximately 32.5 million Americans.

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Because you lose your hearing gradually, many people don't notice the symptoms right away.

Good hearing makes it easy to stay connected with people, remain independent and excel on the job. It also lowers your risk for Alzheimer's disease, balance issues and more. Because hearing loss often develops gradually, it is important to know if you have hearing loss.

Maintaining healthy hearing starts with a baseline hearing screening at Beltone. Just as you schedule annual physicals and dental exams, it's essential to schedule a hearing test every year. Knowing where you stand will help you hear your very best, at any age. Find a Beltone location in South Eastern Wisconsin and set an appointment for your free hearing aid consultation.

Prevention

Not only can loud sound cause permanent damage to the tiny hair cells inside the cochlea, even exposure to moderately loud noise over a period of time can cause a loss. Studies suggest that prolonged exposure to sounds at, or above, 90dB can damage hearing. We recommend using earplugs to protect your hearing whenever your surroundings are loud enough, that you must raise your voice to be heard. The type of sound and the sound source don't actually matter, a noisy environment can have damaging effect on the way you hear the world.

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