1 in 5 Americans
Age 12 and older experiences hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication*

The point is — if you have hearing loss, you are not alone.

How hearing loss happens

To understand why hearing loss is so pervasive, it's important to first understand how hearing loss happens.

Hearing loss happens when any part of our delicate hearing system stops working properly, whether it's due to damage or deterioration. The most susceptible and common parts to break down are the microscopic stereocilia, the thousands of tiny hair cells that detect and send sound impulses to the brain.

When these tiny hair cells become injured, diseased or die naturally due to aging, the result is sensorineural hearing loss. This is by far the most common of the two types of hearing loss.

What causes hearing loss

Many things can cause our hearing system to stop functioning properly. The two most common causes are:

  • Exposure to or damage from excessive noise
  • Presbycusis — or the natural aging process

Changes in hearing begin much earlier than most people assume — with decline in hearing ability starting as early as 40 years of age.

Your NRAHB hearing professional can help assess, determine and measure your hearing loss. Schedule a free hearing consultation now.

* Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011