Say What? Hearing Loss – An All Too Common Medical Problem

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Say what?!

Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common medical problem in the United States?


Hearing loss can begin at a young age. Nearly 1 in 5 American teenagers today are suffering from hearing damage due to the overuse (listening at high volumes for several hours per day) of ear buds with their ipods, MP3 players, computers, tablets and more.


Nearly 1 in 8 people between the ages of 18 to 66 in the U.S. has a hearing loss – that’s nearly 12% of the working age population!   

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Hearing loss affects more middle-aged people than diabetes, heart disease or ulcers.


There is usually no physical pain associated with hearing loss.  The average delay between the onset of hearing loss and seeing a professional for a diagnosis is 5 – 7 years. According to Marcia Dugan in Living with Hearing Loss, early detection of hearing loss is possible. Some of the early signs of hearing loss include:


  • You hear but cannot understand.
  • You ask people to repeat what they said or you give an inappropriate response.
  • You have a hard time hearing someone if you cannot see their face.
  • You turn the volume up on a television or radio louder than other people like.

Early detection is critical as hearing loss is not reversible. For more information, you might try these books from the SCCLD Library collection:

Resources on Hearing and Hearing Loss
Living with Hearing Loss
Living with Hearing Loss
Sound Sense
Sound Sense
Mayo Clinic on Hearing
Mayo Clinic on Hearing

mayo clinic on hearing

Mayo Clinic on Better Hearing and Balance


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