Rob Lowe will be presenting the subject of hearing loss, which, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America affects about 48 million Americans, or roughly 20% of the population. Those individuals at the age of 65 have proven to have a 1 in 3 chance of developing hearing loss. The highest degree of hearing loss, however, is among educational professionals and workforce employees.
Unfortunately, hearing loss affects children, not just those of advanced age. Hearing loss can be a problem affecting children from the moment their born. Statistics show that two to three children out of every 1,000 born will be afflicted with a notable hearing loss either in one or both ears.
Tinnitus is the most common form of hearing loss and most often affects veterans. Over the course of the last decade the number of people suffering from hearing loss has doubled to a national number of 44%. Tinnitus can be characterized by ringing or buzzing in the ears. Nearly 16 million people a year seek medical treatment for the effects of tinnitus. The most common contributions to hearing loss include genetic predisposition, age, bacterial and/or viral infections, trauma, and even certain medications.
Rob Lowe, host of “Informed”, will be presenting this subject on the latest episode of the series, which is distributed to Public Television PBS Member stations nationwide.