Understanding Hearing Loss

If you think you have a hearing loss, you are not alone.

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  • 10% of the world's population has a hearing loss
  • 29% of people over 65 have a hearing loss
  • 3 in 10 people over 60 have hearing problems
  • 60% of people who have hearing loss are male
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41 to 59) have hearing problems
  • 65% of people with hearing loss are below retirement age

As hearing loss worsens gradually, many people simply aren't aware of the problem, attributing their difficulties to other causes. Getting help for their hearing loss can drastically improve their quality of life.

10 Warning Signs of Hearing Loss
If you experience one or more of these warning signs repeatedly, you may have a hearing loss:

  • People seem to mumble more frequently
  • You experience ringing in your ears
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves
  • Your family complains you play the radio or TV too loudly
  • You no longer hear normal household sounds, like the doorbell or a faucet dripping
  • You have difficulty understanding a conversation when in a large group or crowd
  • You have trouble understanding all the words in a conversation
  • You find telephone conversation increasingly difficult
  • You have trouble hearing when you have your back turned to the speaker
  • You have been told that you speak too loudly

To find out if you or someone you love has a hearing loss, please contact your local Beltone Hearing Care Professional, by calling 709-726-8083 or toll free 1-800-563-8083.