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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Hearing Loss?

Your ears are incredible organs that turn sound vibrations into neural impulses and allow us to experience the sounds of the world. Unfortunately, many people – including 38 million Americans – experience hearing loss, diminishing their ability to hear well on their own.

If you think you have hearing loss, understanding its causes and impacts is crucial to getting appropriate treatment. Even if you have normal hearing, staying informed about hearing loss can help you maintain your own healthy hearing and recognize hearing loss in others.

How much do you really know about hearing loss? Take the following quiz to test your hearing loss IQ and learn some interesting facts along the way:

  1. What is the most common type of hearing loss?
    • A. Sensorineural
    • B. Conductive
    • C. Mixed
    • D. Single-sided
  1. Hearing loss can impact your physical and mental health in addition to your hearing.
    • A. True
    • B. False
  1. Injuries to the outer ear have no impact on your hearing.
    • A. True
    • B. False
  1. Which of the following is NOT a cause of conductive hearing loss?
    • A. Ear infections
    • B. Perforated eardrum
    • C. Aging
    • D. Blockage of the ear canal
  1. Hearing loss only affects senior citizens.
    • A. True
    • B. False
  1. What is the top cause of hearing loss?
    • A. Exposure to loud noises
    • B. Diabetes
    • C. Genetics
    • D. Side effects from medications
  1. Everyone who suffers from hearing loss also has tinnitus.
    • A. True
    • B. False
  1. Untreated hearing loss can result in which of the following?
    • A. Feelings of isolation and depression
    • B. Decreased work performance
    • C. Strained relationships with family and friends
    • D. All of the above
  1. What is the maximum threshold for safe listening?
    • A. 45 decibels
    • B. 65 decibels
    • C. 85 decibels
    • D. 105 decibels
  1. Who can diagnose hearing loss?
    • A. Yourself
    • B. Your boss
    • C. Your spouse
    • D. A hearing care professional

Answers:

  1. Sensorineural hearing loss. This is the most common type of hearing loss, which results when the inner ear becomes less efficient in transmitting sound to the brain for processing. It usually results from damage to the cochlea, the hair cells inside, and/or the auditory nerve.
  1. True. Hearing loss, when untreated, has been linked to cognitive disorders, such as dementia. It also increases your likelihood of falling due to decreased awareness of your environment and increased cognitive effort.
  1. False. The outer ear includes the visible part of your ear, the pinna, and your ear canal. Both parts play a key role in how you hear, catching sound waves and funneling them into the middle and inner ear. Damage to the pinna or blockage of the ear canal can affect the way your ears take in sound and contribute to hearing loss.
  1. Aging. Conductive hearing loss results from diseases or disorders that interrupt sound transmission into the inner ear, and not from the normal aging process.
  1. False. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. According to the World Health Organization, 32 million children have hearing loss, and 1.1 billion young people are at risk of losing their hearing.
  1. Exposure to loud noise. Whether in your occupation or recreational activities, exposure to loud noises for extended periods is the most common cause of hearing loss.
  1. False. While research shows a frequent correlation between tinnitus and hearing loss, having one condition doesn’t necessarily mean you have, or will get, the other.
  1. All of the above. Depression, decreased work performance, and strained personal relationships are among the numerous side effects of untreated hearing loss.
  1. 85 decibels. Listening to noises of 85 decibels or greater for extended periods of time can cause lasting damage to your hearing.
  1. A hearing care professional. Only a certified hearing care professional can accurately diagnose your level of hearing loss and prescribe the best treatment options. If you believe you or someone you know has hearing loss, find a hearing care professional nearby and schedule an appointment today.