One of the most common challenges for people is not being able to hear well or discern conversations well, such that it sounds like people are mumbling. Many people that come to our office are not sure if they have a hearing loss. They were often nudged by a spouse or friend to get a hearing test.

How Many People Are Affected by Hearing Loss?

Approximately 466 million people throughout the world suffer hearing loss. This includes about 432 million adults and 34 million children. Here is a breakdown of percentages of adults who endure problems with their hearing:

  • 30% of those over age 65
  • 50% of those over age 75

“What Did You Say?”

One common factor is the inability to discern exactly what people are saying in conversations. The percentage of those who feel as though most people mumble is around the same as listed above.

Types of Hearing Loss

Medical research has discovered the following three different forms of hearing loss:

  • Conductive loss concerns the outer or middle ear.
  • Sensorineural loss involves the inner ear.
  • Mixed loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

More Symptoms of Hearing Impairment

The feeling that most people mumble has been discussed. Here are more indicators of possible hearing loss:

  • Often requesting that people talk louder
  • The need to turn up the volume of the radio or TV
  • Problems discerning consonants
  • Frequently asking people to repeat what they said
  • Avoiding conversations
  • Avoiding social events

Solutions for Hearing Problems

Simply removing blockage of wax buildup will sometimes reverse hearing difficulties.  At times, surgery might be needed. The most common resolution for hearing loss and the feeling that people mumble is the use of hearing aids.

Let Hearing Specialist Doug Dunker discuss with you the benefits of hearing aids. There are so many small and discreet hearing aids available today. Doug will apply the solution that fits both your hearing challenges and your style! Call Prescott Hearing Center today at 928-899-8104. Discover a vast amount of information about hearing loss and solutions at Prescott Hearing Center is located at 3108 Clearwater Drive, Suite B2, Prescott, AZ 86305.

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