Did you know that nearly 40 million American adults have hearing loss? Or that hearing loss is the 3rd most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease?
If that surprised you, here's a few more facts you need to know:
- Hearing loss prevalence doubles with every decade.
- Men are more likely to experience hearing loss
- By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people have some degree of hearing loss.
So, what is the key takeaway? If you're struggling with hearing impairment or hearing loss, you're not alone. Every day, people are experiencing changes to their hearing that result from various factors, including
- Exposure to loud noises
- Natural aging
- Certain medications
Hearing loss can range from mild to severe, impact one or both ears, and affect communication, relationships, and daily activities. But is hearing loss a disability?
In this article, we will define what constitutes hearing loss as a disability and how to find support and resources to ensure you never miss the sounds life has to offer.