7 suprising facts about hearing health

Every day our five senses help us function. What if you slowly lost the use of one of these senses? Would you notice a gradual loss or would the sense be gone overnight? Would you ignore the situation? This May during Better Hearing Month don't ignore this hearing loss; get a screening.

Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans experience hearing loss in one ear. Unfortunately, many people ignore hearing problems. While vision impairment is common and acceptable, hearing loss can lead to poor performance at school, sadness, depression, withdrawal from society, anxiety, paranoia, and strained social relationships.

According to audiologist studies, there are 7 surprising facts about hearing health.

Seven Surprising Facts About Hearing Health:

1) 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear that's about 48 million Americans.

2) 20% of the US population aged 12 years and older has hearing difficulties severe enough to impact communication.

3) The level of hearing loss among American teens has risen to a level researchers have never seen before.

4) 26 million Americans between ages 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises at work or high volumes of music or from other leisure activities.

5) According the Department of Veterans Affairs, the most prevalent service-connected disabilities for veterans receiving federal compensation in 2011 were tinnitus and hearing loss, respectively, followed by PTSD.

6) Only 13% of primary doctors screen for hearing loss.

7) Most hearing loss is permanent and irreversible, but 1/3 of hearing loss is preventable with proper hearing protection and by taking a few simple precautions.

During the month of May, Sonus Hearing Care Professionals are encouraging parents, spouses, companions and caregivers to attend a complimentary screening. To see if you or someone you care about should have a screening, please take the short Sonus questionnaire.

In Naperville, Sonus is located at 1212 South Naper Blvd, Ste 118. Appointments are required. Visit chicago.sonus.com for more information.

Don't ignore a hearing problem, get a hearing screening today.