Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Hearing loss can occur at any stage of life, and can be caused by a variety of conditions such as exposure to loud noise at work or as a result of aging. Hearing loss is also a symptom or side effect of more than 100 diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
In some people, hearing loss can be surgically corrected. For others, medical devices and rehabilitation therapies often can help reduce hearing loss.
Adults with hearing loss may show the following signs:
- Asking for someone to repeat themselves
- Difficulty hearing in groups or even in quiet settings
- Playing the TV or radio too loudly
- Ringing or buzzing in one or both ears
If you think you may have hearing loss, only an ear, nose and throat specialist working with a certified audiologist can diagnose the exact cause and provide medically sound treatment, including a hearing aid if one is necessary.