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Solutions for people with hearing loss

Hearing loss is number three on the list of chronic conditions that affect older adults. As we age, it becomes more difficult to separate conversational voices from background noise. Reduction in noise pollution and providing better acoustical environments will allow those with hearing loss to maximize their abilities. Problems with noise are not limited to understanding conversations. With a hearing loss it becomes more difficult to separate sounds in the environment, and identify the nature, source, and location of the sound. Depending on the degree, anyone with hearing loss may be confused and startled when a noise occurs until they can analyze the meaning and determine an appropriate response to the noise. People constantly exposed to loud noise run an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers and headaches. Too much noise at night also significantly contributes to sleep disorders.

Prevalence of Hearing Loss:

Problems with hearing loss include:

Solutions to minimize hearing loss:

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