Hearing Loss
Friday, October 24, 2008

Hearing loss may be more common than previously thought. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on hearing loss in American adults in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

One out of six American adults have speech frequency hearing loss, which affects peopleís overall ability to hear speech, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

The study estimates about 29 million American adults have speech frequency hearing loss and 55 million Americans have high-frequency hearing loss.

The study examined data from a national survey, which included hearing tests, given to 5,742 Americans aged 20 to 69.

Men were five times more likely than women to be hearing impaired. Blacks were 70 percent less likely than whites to be hearing impaired. White and Mexican-American men ranging in age from 20 to 39 had the greatest prevalence of high-frequency hearing loss and hearing loss in both ears.

The frequency of hearing loss has soared because of the growing number of elderly people and the rising use of personal listening devices. Because hearing loss can limit a personís ability to communicate clearly and connect socially, researchers recommended screening for hearing loss in young adults.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.