Loss of hearing affects over 30 million Americans of all ages. Hearing loss can range from being very mild in nature, resulting in not hearing faint, high pitched sounds or voices, to impairment that is so severe very loud noises may not be detected.
As with most other health problems, early detection allows for more effective intervention. In some cases, hearing loss is medically treatable and may be improved. In cases where the hearing loss is permanent, hearing aids are a form of treatment that allow for compensation of the hearing loss.
Early detection and intervention also offers a means of support for both the hearing impaired person and his family with the social and mental burdens often associated with hearing loss.