Hearing loss can occur at any age and for many reasons. In adults, however, one of the most common periods for hearing loss to begin is between ages 40 and 55 years. You may not be aware if you have a hearing impairment. Some forms of hearing loss are very mild and may only involve difficulty in hearing certain sounds or hearing in background noise. Additionally, some types of hearing loss may occur so gradually that they progress without you even noticing.
When hearing loss goes untreated, your overall quality of life could suffer. You may miss the sounds of songbirds, having everyday conversations, and watching TV. Your hearing loss also affects family, friends, and co-workers who may struggle to communicate effectively with you. In some instances, medical or surgical treatment may be indicated, but most hearing losses are easily treated with amplification (hearing aids or assistive listening devices).