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One in ten people have hearing loss, but that number is only part of the story. Family, friends, co-workers, etc. are all affected when communication is hampered by hearing loss, too. It’s a pervasive problem that touches everyone.

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Hearing Loss by the Numbers

As you look through these statistics on hearing loss, remember, these aren’t just numbers; they’re real people:

There are real emotional, psychological, educational and even economic difficulties that are tied directly to hearing loss. But hearing loss doesn’t have to win. There are sound solutions for hearing loss that can bring you better communication, better hearing and a better quality of life.

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Almost 32% of people 65 and over suffer from hearing loss.


Over 15% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 struggle with hearing problems.


Almost 7% of adults ages 18-44 have already sustained some level of hearing loss.


2-3 out of every 1,000 babies are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in at least one ear.

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What Types of Hearing Loss Are There?

The type of hearing loss you have impacts the hearing loss solutions we can recommend. While hearing aids and other devices can be a great help to many people with hearing problems, some patients require a different approach.

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This type of hearing loss occurs when something prevents sound waves from being conducted properly through the ear. Examples of this kind of hearing loss include:

  • Excessive ear wax accumulation or impaction
  • Fluid in the middle ear (due to illness or allergies)
  • Perforated ear drum
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Ear infections
  • Something stuck in the ear
  • Deformation of some part of the ear structure
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Usually the most difficult to treat, sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the nerve pathways or tiny hairs inside the inner ear have been damaged or are missing due to:

  • Drugs or medications that damage the hairs in the cochlea
  • Disease or infection
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Trauma
  • Loud noises
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Both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss conditions are present simultaneously.

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The ability of the central nervous system to process incoming sounds has been damaged (often called an “auditory processing disorder”). Strokes, advanced age and other central nervous system complications can cause central hearing loss.

Hearing tests administered by our highly-trained audiologists can determine what type of hearing loss you have and how we can best treat it.

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Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Everyone mishears something now and then. And people do mumble from time to time. But when it seems like everyone is mumbling and you keep asking people to speak up more often, there could be a problem:

  • Do you struggle to follow phone calls and/or conversations in crowded rooms?
  • Do you increasingly have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Are you frustrated by how “everyone” seems to mumble?
  • Do you have to crank the TV or car radio all the way up (too loud for others)?
  • Do you frequently sleep through your alarm clock?
  • Have you noticed an increase in misunderstandings in your relationships?
  • Do you strain to understand children’s voices?
  • Do you struggle with tinnitus (constant ringing or roaring noises in your ears)?
  • Is ear ringing keeping you from getting work done or enjoying life?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, contact Hearing Health Solutions in Columbus today to schedule an appointment for hearing tests. It is very likely that our audiologists can find you the right set of hearing aids or other hearing assistive devices that will bring great sounds back into your life.

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Hearing tests can help us figure out why the world sounds so distant, and our audiologists can use this information to craft a hearing loss treatment plan that brings it back within hearing range.

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What Causes Hearing Loss?

There are many reasons why a person may be struggling with hearing problems:

  1. Persistent exposure to loud noise
  2. Aging
  3. Genetics
  4. Certain Medications
  5. Head Injuries
  6. Disease
  7. Birth Defects

Hearing Aids and Other Sound Solutions

If you struggle with hearing problems, don’t be embarrassed. You are not alone, and our hearing center can help you improve your hearing and quality of life. Hearing Health Solutions has a team of talented, experienced audiologists in Columbus (in 6 convenient locations) who will listen to you and help you find a way to turn up the volume on life again. From invisible, high-tech hearing aids to medical management and referral, we can help you overcome even the most challenging forms of hearing loss.

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Schedule your appointment today at one of our 6 convenient locations to start your journey to confronting your hearing loss!