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Hearing Loss

Approximately 28 million Americans have a hearing impairment. Hearing loss can be a gradual process, so it often goes unnoticed for years. Hearing loss can occur at any age, but it primarily affects the elderly – 30% of people over age 65 have hearing loss, and 45% of people over age 75 have hearing loss.

Primary Causes of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
• Frequent exposure to Excessive noise (i.e. construction, rock music, gun shot, etc)
• Aging
• Infections
• Injury to the head or ear
• Birth defects or genetics
• Ototoxic reaction to drugs or cancer treatment (i.e. antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation)

Symptoms of Hearing Loss
• Hearing loss can happen very gradually, but is often associated with these symptoms.
• Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
• Often avoiding social situations
• Difficulty understanding speech in noisy situations
• Feel that people are mumbling when they speak to you
• Turning the television volume up so loud that others complain
• Often misunderstanding conversations
• Having to look at the speaker's face carefully to follow conversation
• Difficulty hearing in church or an auditorium
• Ringing in the ear(s)

If any of the above symptoms are familiar to you, you might have hearing loss. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and schedule an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation with our audiologist by calling 740.439.8467, or visiting our office at:

1210 Neal Drive
Cambridge, Ohio 43725

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