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Old 03-08-2005, 10:29 PM   #1
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Hearing Facts

Did you know that..

...there are over 30.8 million people (2002)* in the US who have some loss of hearing?

...people with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help?

...75 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids are not using them?

...many people don't purchase the hearing aid that is best for them because of cost and then the hearing aids end up in a drawer unused?

...by age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss?

...hearing loss is second only to arthritis as the most common complaint of older adults?

...30 of every 1,000 school-age children have a hearing loss?

...60 percent of people with hearing loss are of working age, between age 21 & 65?

...more and more people are experiencing hearing loss at earlier ages?

...many "baby boomers" already have experienced hearing loss due to having been exposed to loud music and rock concerts in their youth?


The facts are:
There are more baby boomers aged 45-64 with a hearing loss (10 million) than there are people over the age of 65 with a hearing loss (9 million).

After President Bill Clinton was fitted for hearing aids, more than 1 million other baby boomers identified themselves as experiencing hearing loss.

Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Interestingly, due to recreational and environmental noise, hearing loss is occurring at younger and younger ages.

More than a third of all hearing loss could be preventable, that attributed to "noise: loud music, loud workplaces, loud recreational equipment, if caution is taken by avoiding or wearing hearing saving devices.

Worldwide, an estimated 500 million people experience hearing loss.

In the U.S., one out of 12 30-year-olds is already hearing-impaired and one in 8 50-year-olds suffer from hearing loss.

Thanks to the above, we're all losing our hearing at a younger age than we were 30 years ago.

Of the 10 million Americans aged 45 to 64 who have a hearing loss, 6 out of 7 do not yet benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Hearing loss is second only to arthritis as the most common complaint of older adults.

Only about 10% of hearing losses are helped by surgery or other medical treatment.

90% of hearing losses can be treated with the use of hearing instruments.

Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.

Noise above 80-90 decibels on average over an 8-hour workday is considered hazardous.

Firearms, music, airplanes, lawnmowers, power tools and many appliances are louder than 80 decibels and potentially hazardous to hearing with prolonged exposure.

A live rock concert produces sounds from 110 to 120 decibels-easily high enough to cause permanent damage to hearing over a 2- to 3-hour period.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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I'd well believe it, my hearing capacity has definitely gone down due to listening to too much U2 at high volume.
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I know the singer for The Church has significant hearing loss and also tinnitus...bad enough so they did an entire tour semi acoustic so he could hear and not damage his hearing much more. They've all since gotten in-ear monitors which have helped (and allowed them to play all electric ), but his hearing continues to deteriorate.

I guess decades of live performances (and they play really, really loud -- my ears buzzed for hours after their shows) will do that to you.
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*rub my eyes*

Am I back at work???? (I do freelance work for a company that offers hearing checks and provides hearing aids).
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I'm lucky. I can hear a pin drop a mile away, and I just survived a sixteen month Noise From Hell Siege when my neighbors expanded their house, complete with bricklayers and a whole slew of sawing. Ugh. That was not fun.
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It's interesting, when people are talking to me i have trouble hearing them...but i can easily pick up soft music playing in the distance.
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I sometimes have a hard time hearing my wife (selective hearing maybe ) but I can hear U2 playing 10 miles away in the middle of a Texas thunderstorm.
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I have hearing loss in my right ear, have since I was 6 years old.

(Which will explain if you ever meet me my asking you to walk on the left side of me, lol.)
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Unless I'm mistaken, isn't Brian Wilson deaf in one ear?

Not that this thread is particularly about DEAFNESS, but I thought I heard somewhere that he was.
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yeah i don't know why i have trouble hearing someone talking right to me but i can hear music far far away.
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Originally posted by indra
I know the singer for The Church has significant hearing loss and also tinnitus...bad enough so they did an entire tour semi acoustic so he could hear and not damage his hearing much more. They've all since gotten in-ear monitors which have helped (and allowed them to play all electric ), but his hearing continues to deteriorate.

I guess decades of live performances (and they play really, really loud -- my ears buzzed for hours after their shows) will do that to you.
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