(ARA) – There is no specific symptom and rarely an “Ah-ha!” moment that lets you know you’re losing your hearing. Rather, hearing loss is most often gradual, and a professional hearing screening can tell you with certainty if you’re experiencing hearing loss.
Despite the fact that more than 31 million Americans report some type of hearing problem, only about 13 percent of U.S. physicians routinely screen their patients for hearing loss during physical exams.
Hearing loss affects all age groups and more than half of hearing impaired are younger than 65, including six million people between the ages of 18 and 44. An estimated 1.5 million school aged children are also hearing impaired.
A common cause of hearing loss is wax build-up in the external ear canal, a condition that is easily treated but unfortunately goes unrecognized in 46 percent of patients. It can easily be addressed by using an over-the-counter wax remover like Debrox from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.
Make sure your hearing is screened regularly. To find an audiologist in your area call the Audiology Awareness Campaign hotline at (888) 833-EARS or visit the AAC Web site, www.audiologyawareness.com. All family members are encouraged to have their hearing screened.