Hearing plays a major role in our quality of life, from our emotional well-being and physical health to our careers and leisure activities. It is easy to not be aware if you have hearing loss when there are so many sounds in the world you may hear. Cell phones ringing, people chatting, traffic rumbling, birds chirping, babies giggling –if you sit back and listen, can you identify these sounds?
48 million Americans—or nearly one in five, age 12 and older—experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication.
Our ears allow us to hear, while our brain helps us understand and interpret the sounds we want to focus on and filter out what we don’t want to hear. However, when hearing loss is present, other background sounds may overpower or mask the sounds that are most important to you, like the voices of loved ones.