Statistics on Hearing Loss in America
Hearing loss should not make you feel embarrassed or ashamed. It’s a common condition that is prevalent in over 50 million Americans. This includes one out of five teens and 60 percent of veterans who return home from service. There are more people with hearing loss than those with Alzheimer’s, autism, diabetes and osteoporosis combined. You, or someone who you know, might have hearing loss, but there is still so much stigma attached to it.
The Experience of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is not visible to the naked eye. Most people may not notice it immediately, so they may think someone with hearing loss is not very bright if they ask to have something repeated. They may seem hostile or impolite if they don’t immediately respond to a greeting or question.
Family members that you go out into the world with may feel embarrassed if you don’t behave properly, like everyone else, while bringing unwanted and negative attention to them.
For anyone who is just starting to experience this, it may be a difficult journey to tread through. Most people start out in denial and ignore signs. This prevents them from seeking treatment. The average person with hearing loss waits seven years to get help, after they first notice the symptoms.
If you think - or acknowledge - that you have hearing loss, don’t be embarrassed. Get your life back on track by contacting us at Pure Sound Hearing to get a hearing test, and treatment.