Comorbidity refers to the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases, or the presence of one or more additional disorders occurring simultaneously with a primary disorder. As with other physical, medical conditions, hearing loss may occur with other comorbidities. As the third most common medical condition in the US, after heart disease and arthritis, hearing
Hearing loss may affect many parts of our lives – especially communication. With untreated hearing loss, speech recognition can be challenging. You may have experienced a loved one asking you to repeat yourself or asking “What?” in the middle of a conversation. As a result, social settings and conversations could become frustrating for everyone involved.
Most of us tend to think that hearing happens in the ears, but in fact, it happens in our brains. The sense of hearing is our fastest, even faster than our sense of vision, believe it or not! Here’s how our sense of hearing works: our outer ears pick up sound waves, which then travel
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), “Veterans are more likely to suffer hearing loss because of their military experience, employment, socioeconomic status, lack of access to health care, and age than other groups in the population…Among veterans, the incidence of hearing loss is higher, often due to their military experience.” Compared to
Prevalence of Hearing Loss in the Workplace According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Occupational hearing loss has been “one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the US for more than 25 years,” says OSHA. They