Hearing impairment has a significant impact on the daily lives of millions all over the world. For most people, hearing loss is a gradual progression that becomes noticeable as they age. However, hearing loss is not limited to the elderly and affects a significant number of young people, including children. Fortunately, with early detection, many hearing impairments can be improved or even fully corrected with the assistance of a hearing aid.
Age—It’s normal for hearing loss due to the degeneration of inner ear structures occurring over time. Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) usually starts between the ages of 45 and 65.
Otosclerosis—This ear disease results from the hardening of the bones in the middle ear, causing them to cease vibrating which causes conductive hearing loss.
The basis used is the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, which states that a person with hearing loss of more than 25 decibels (dB) has hearing damage.