Did You Know?
- Many individuals are not aware of their hearing loss.
- 1 out of 10 individuals have a hearing loss.
- 3 out of 1000 children are born with hearing loss.
- Most hearing loss is permanent and cannot be managed with medication or surgery, but can be helped with hearing aids.
- People with high blood pressure are 75% more likely to have hearing loss.
- Smokers are 1.7 times more likely to have hearing loss than non-smokers.
- Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with DIABETES compared to those who do not have the disease
- Many medications can affect hearing and/or cause sounds to occur in the ears such as ringing or buzzing.
- The deterioration related to hearing loss extends beyond the ears up to the pathways and auditory centers of the brain.
- The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are below retirement age.
- The majority (60%) of people with hearing loss are males.
Quality of Life and Hearing Loss
- Those who are unaware of their hearing loss may isolate themselves socially for fear of embarrassment.
- Depression and anxiety have been linked to hearing loss, significantly lowering quality of life and self image.
- Individuals with hearing loss report a higher quality of life after they begin to use hearing aids.
- Treatment of hearing loss will improve interpersonal relationships.
- The use of hearing aids is associated with reductions in anger, frustration, paranoia, anxiety and overall improvements in emotional stability.
- Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.
- 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.
Work and Hearing Loss
- 1 in 4 workers exposed to high levels of noise will develop a hearing loss.
- Professions at risk for hearing loss include firefighters, police officers, factory workers, farmers, construction workers, military personnel, heavy industry workers, musicians, and entertainment industry professionals.
- One of the key determinants of success with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power.
Children and Hearing Loss
- Hospitals now offer newborn hearing screening before discharge from the hospital as part of the Infant Hearing Program of Ontario.
- Peter Kirchberger, Doctor of Audiology, is part of the Infant Hearing Program of Ontario.
- All children should be screened for hearing loss before 1 month of age.
- 85% of all children experience at least one ear infection.
- Second-hand smoke in the home increases the risk of middle ear infections and respiratory allergies in children.
- Infants may begin to use hearing aids as early as 2-4 months of age.
- Even a mild hearing loss can seriously impact a child’s ability to learn in a school environment.
- Hearing loss in children can be misdiagnosed as a learning disability.
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36 Victoria St. West, Unit 1, Alliston, Ontario
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