Hearing the Difference:  An Analysis of Hearing Impairment in the US
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For many years, hearing impairment has been a concern of one-third of the United States’ population. Millions of people experience this problem. Deafness or hearing impairment is the third most ...

For many years, hearing impairment has been a concern of one-third of the United States’ population. Millions of people experience this problem. Deafness or hearing impairment is the third most common health problem in the country.

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  • 1. Introduction For many years, hearing impairment has been a concern of one-third of the United States’ population. Millions of people experience this problem. Deafness or hearing impairment is the third most common health problem in the country. It usually affects people between the ages of 65 and 75 but can also manifest through particular circumstances. In this regard, Hear4Less firmly supports the advocacy of providing quality aid for those with hearing impairment. The company aims to raise awareness on how to treat hearing loss. Hearing the Difference: An Analysis of Hearing Impairment in the US
  • 2. Methodology This study will use pertinent statistics and information from health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and Hear-it AISBL. The data from their reports will be summed up to support the general conclusion of this article. Data Findings The WHO reports that, across the globe, 360 million people are suffering from varying degrees of deafness. This refers to hearing loss greater than 40 decibels an average adult and 30 decibel for children. Common causes of deafness include:
  • 3.  Maternal Rubella or complications at birth  Infectious disease  Chronic ear infections  Ototoxic drug usage  Excessive noise exposure  Old age The disease, however, can be prevented before it even worsens. HLAA finds that exposure to noise can be avoided by wearing noise-cancelling accessories such as earplugs, turning down the volume, or simply avoiding a noise- intensive place. This is recommendable particularly for those who work in environments where noise levels are high, such as airports and construction sites.
  • 4. On the other hand, Hear-it AISBL suggests consulting an otolaryngologist once tinnitus becomes present. Tinnitus is the ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. Those who are taking medications or experiencing chronic ear infection should be on guard if such events arise. Conclusion Hearing impairment can seriously affect everyday living and functions. It can arise from different situations especially if not addressed immediately. Simply observing the healthy practice of not abusing the ears can do a lot in saving a person’s sense of hearing.
  • 5. Recommendations In cases when hearing loss is unavoidable, people can consult with Hear4Less to know what measures to take. Their comprehensive directory of hearing aid providers and accredited clinics provide varied options in coping with the impairment. Sources: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/index.html http://hearingloss.org/content/prevention-hearing-loss http://www.hear-it.org/Hearing-loss-2 http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Degree-of-Hearing-Loss/ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hearing-loss/DS00172 http://hear4less.com/