Seven Things to Know About Hearing Loss

  1. Hearing loss is evaluated against a statistically-determined ‘normal’ hearing.

  2. Hearing loss is classified into two major types; one type is irreversible; the other is potentially reversible

  3. Hearing loss primarily results in a problem with speech understanding

  4. People are not generally sympathetic to those who have hearing difficulties

  5. Hearing loss is more socially isolating than the loss of any other sense

  6. Hearing damage often will not be manifest until many years later.

  7. Sudden-onset hearing loss sometimes can be reversed if treated within hours.

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