Hearing loss is a significant and increasing health issue affecting individuals of all ages. One out of every 10 Canadians is living with some degree of hearing loss, while 20-40% of adults over the age of 65 report significant hearing loss. For Canadians, hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition behind arthritis and high blood pressure (Statistics Canada, 2002).
You might have hearing loss if you:
If any of these apply to you, have your hearing tested by an HCP, a university-trained and regulated professional that specializes in hearing and hearing loss difficulties.
Between the standards of perfect hearing and deafness, there are many degrees of hearing loss, which vary from person to person. The terms used to describe the degrees of hearing loss are mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe, and profound. Most hearing loss is mild to moderate.
A hearing test performed by an HCP can accurately determine your type and degree of hearing loss. Because of the high prevalence of hearing loss in older adults, those over the age of 50 should include a hearing test as part of their yearly checkup.
Most people simply associate hearing loss with having a harder time hearing certain sounds. However, the potential impact of hearing loss on a person’s life is far worse than that. Research has shown again and again that untreated hearing loss can have a serious negative impact on psychological, social and emotional well-being.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to:
Just as importantly, studies have also shown that these negative consequences are reduced in people who wear hearing aids.
Hearing aid users have: