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Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss occurs to most people naturally as they age, or it can be due to: exposure to loud noise, medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital or hereditary factors, or disease.

The vast majority of hearing loss issues do not require medical or surgical intervention, but can be corrected with hearing instruments. Fortunately, 90-95 percent of all hearing loss can be improved with hearing instruments. Approximately 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18% of adults 45-64 years old, 30% of adults 65-74 years old, and 47% of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing impairment. That's almost 1 in every 2 adults in America! Unfortunately, only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing instrument actually wears one.