Hearing Evaluation & Testing

Hearing loss affects approximately 17 in 1,000 children under age 18.

Hearing loss can be a gradual process, often taking years before an individual notices difficulty hearing. Approximately 30 percent of people over age 65 have a hearing loss and approximately 45 percent of people over age 75 have a hearing loss.

Primary Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Excessive noise (i.e. construction, rock music, gun shot, etc)
  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Infections (otitis media)
  • Injury to the head or ear
  • Birth defects or genetics
  • Ototoxic reaction to drugs or cancer treatment (i.e. antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation)

What are Some Symptoms of Hearing Loss?

  • 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)