The comments by your wife and two teenage daughters started as a joke. Lately, however, their comments about your hearing has been full ob both concern and urgency. And while you have always assumed that your hearing difficulties were products of your surroundings and your ability to singularly focus on one task at a time, you have finally agreed to schedule a hearing test.
Even though you have made the appointment, you are apprehensive about making the appointment because you have vivid memories of your father’s ill fitting and poor functioning hearing aids. And while you assume that the available hearing equipment today is far more advanced then what your father would have been using 30 years ago, you still wonder if you will really hear an improvement.
Today’s Listening Devices Can Make a Big Difference in a Patient’s Quality of Life
Whether you are scheduling a tinnitus hearing test or are making a return visit for hearing aid repair, you will likely find out that today’s audiology equipment and listening devices are much improved over what was available even a decade ago.
Consider these statistics about the hearing aid repair, hearing protection, and listening devices industries:
- 30% of the people over age 60 have hearing loss.
- 14.6% of Baby Boomers, those between the ages of 41 and 59, have a hearing problem.
- 7.4% of Generation Xers, those between the ages of 29 and 40, already have hearing loss.
- 1.4 million children, classified as those 18 of age or younger, have hearing problems.
- 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss.
- Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
- Five of every six children experience ear infection, medically called otitis media, by the time they are three years old.
- 324,200 cochlear implants had been implanted worldwide as of December 2012. In the U.S., this included roughly 58,000 devices implanted in adults, and 38,000 implanted in children.
- 10% of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus, ringing of the ears, lasting at least five minutes in the past year.
- 13% of people, aged 12 years or older, have hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
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