An estimated 28 million Americans have hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in the United States, affecting people of all ages, in all segments of the population, and across all socioeconomic levels. The type of hearing loss that affects many Americans usually develops slowly, is permanent and worsens with age.
It is not uncommon for individuals with a mild to moderate hearing loss to be unaware of their problem, even though family and friends are quite aware of it. Hearing loss is invisible and almost always painless. There are no physical warning signs, except in some cases there may be ringing in one or both of the ears.
The real reason hearing loss seems to sneak up on someone is because the changes in their hearing are so gradual. For most people, hearing loss develops over a period of 25 to 30 years, so that by the time they reach the age of 50 or 60, they notice their hearing has deteriorated enough to interfere with conversations.
Hearing loss can interfere with the quality of life you desire. It can restrict your ability to interact with others, prevent you from hearing important information, cause misunderstandings, heighten stress, and cause unnecessary fatigue.
Wearing hearing instruments is more discreet than trying to hide a hearing loss. Long gone are the days when hearing instruments were large, obvious and embarrassing. Just like computers and cellular telephones from a decade ago, hearing instruments are now much smaller and offer amazing technological performance.
New hearing instruments offer a number of high-tech features. They are programmed to compensate for your specific hearing needs. Today's hearing instruments don't make everything louder - they make sound more distinct!
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There are five basic types of hearing instruments: