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As a relatively new profession in the realm of medical healthcare, Audiology began in World War II when soldiers were coming back from battle with noticeably decreased hearing. Although Audiology is young when compared to other healthcare occupations such as medicine, dentistry, and optometry, it remains an important, yet unidentified, profession in healthcare. For instance, the public is well versed on the importance of having routine checks of the eyes, teeth, and overall health, yet one sense is neglected. Vital to communication, this sense is your hearing.

Swim To Hear developed from the idea that your hearing health is equally as important to your overall well-being as the health of your other senses. However, hearing loss is invisible. That is, because it is usually pain-free, develops gradually over a long period of time, and isn’t visibly noticeable to those around you, it receives little attention. An undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to many different ramifications including (but not limited to) depression or social isolation. It is especially important in children because speech and language development is dependent upon a child’s ability to hear the world around him/her.

When you have a tooth-ache, you see a dentist. Need glasses? You see an optometrist. But where do you go if you think you may have a hearing loss? Swim To Hear is dedicated to making this question an easy one to answer. Audiologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat hearing loss. Swim To Hear is committed to improving awareness of hearing loss and the help that is available through Audiologists.

Hearing Loss Stats

Making a Difference One Wave at a Time

  • An estimated 36 million people in the United States have hearing loss.
  • Ranking third in line after arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is one of the most common physical conditions.
  • One in three people over the age of 60 and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss. This makes it one of the most common conditions affecting older adults.
  • Because hearing is the primary sense used to learn speech and language, the National Institute of Health has recommended that every child be screened for hearing loss at birth and throughout early childhood.
  • Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to excessive noise, infectious diseases, head and ear injury, some medications, and aging. Many every-day sounds occur at loud and potentially dangerous levels. Some of these sounds include lawnmowers, hair dryers, and live music. You could be damaging your hearing and not even know it!
  • Prevention, early diagnoses, and management can prevent half of all cases of hearing loss.
  • It takes an average of 7 years before someone who thinks they may have a hearing loss actually seeks treatment.
  • Hearing loss doesn’t just affect older adults! Two to three in every 1,000 children is born with hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss can occur after birth as well. By the time children are in school, an estimated 30 in every 1,000 children will have a hearing impairment.

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1. AGX Hearing


2. Academy of Doctors of Audiology. http://www.audiologist.org/patients/what-is-an-audiologist

3. American Academy of Audiology. http://www.howsyourhearing.com/hearingloss.html

4. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Prevalence-and-Incidence-of-Hearing-Loss-in-Adults/

5. Hearing Loss Association of America. http://www.hearingloss.org/content/understanding-hearing-loss

6. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Default.aspx

7. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/index.html