The Buffalo News
Published May 5, 2014 Link to Article
If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss – and that rate climbs steadily as you age, says Consumer Reports.
Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Most cases of hearing loss in adults stem from damage to the inner ear, where tiny hair cells turn sound vibrations into impulses that nerve cells then carry to the brain. The most common causes of that damage are aging and chronic exposure to loud noises – think rock concerts, sports events and lawn mowers. A family history of severe hearing loss could signal an increased risk. So does being male.