Facts on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

  • 48 Million people in the United States have a hearing loss.
  • In Iowa alone, over 600,000 people suffer from a hearing loss. 
  • The average person with hearing loss waits between 7 to 10 years before taking action to improve their life. 
  • Hearing loss is connected to Diabetes, Heart Disease, Smoking, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health condition in the United States.

Questions to ask to learn if you might have a hearing loss

  • Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
  • Do you feel handicapped by your hearing problem?
  • Does a hearing problem cause difficulty when visiting friends, relatives or neighbors?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you to attend religious services less often than you would like?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members & friends?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
  • Do you feel that your hearing difficulties limit or hamper your personal or social life?

How to protect your hearing

  • Wear hearing protection whenever you spend time in noisy environments over 85 dB (Traffic Noise).
  • It's not just how loud it is, it's how loud multiplied by how long you are around the sound source. 
  • Follow the 60 / 60 rule - Don't listen to music for more than 60 minutes at no higher than 60 dB.