Hearing Loss Essay

1636 Words May 19th, 2006 7 Pages
Who is affected by hearing loss?
Hearing loss is the most common physical disability in the whole wide world. In the United States alone, about 28 million people have some level of hearing impairment that interferes with their ability to understand normal speech and participate in conversations. Another 2 million cannot hear at all.
Age is the most common factor in increasing hearing loss. About 30 percent of people between 65 and 74 experience some difficulty in hearing. That percentage and the severity of the loss increase with age.
Younger people can develop hearing loss as well. Fourteen percent of people between the ages of 45 and 65, and another 8 million people between 18 and 44, suffer from some form of hearing impairment. A
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• Fatigue and irritation caused by the effort to hear.
An infant with hearing loss may show any of the following signs:
• Infant is not startled by or does not react to unexpected loud noises.
• Infant does not turn head toward you when you speak.
• Infant is not awakened by loud noises.
• Infant does not coo or babble by age 6 months.
• Infant does not start imitating sounds and recognizing words by about six to seven months of age and using words by 12 months.
• Older baby is inattentive or unable to balance.
While parents should be aware of these signs, they are often not noticed or taken seriously until it is too late to get the best help. The average age at which even moderate to severe hearing loss is identified is around 23 months.
Prevention
• Protect your ears from loud noises. Either avoid loud noises or wear ear protection such as earplugs or earmuffs. Even covering your ears with your hands helps protect them.
• Keep the volume low when using earphones or car stereos. Noise is accentuated in enclosed spaces, such as a car.
• Educate your children about the danger of loud music and other noises.
• Get the proper immunizations for measles and other diseases and the proper medical treatments for infections for you and your children.
• Follow your doctor's advice for medical conditions that can cause hearing loss, such as high blood pressure and Ménière's disease.
• Avoid long use of medications that can cause

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