The Facts of Hearing Loss

Facts of Hearing LossHearing loss is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Of the more than 49 million disabled Americans, about 35 million suffer from disabling hearing loss. That is more than all those suffering from heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, blindness, tuberculosis, venereal disease and kidney disease combined. Hearing loss can negatively impact your quality of life, personal relationships, and ability to communicate effectively.

  • Untreated hearing loss is linked strongly with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A discussion on the consequences of untreated hearing loss can be found here.
  • More than half of those with hearing loss are under the age of 45, and 60% are between 21 and 65. At age 65, one out of three Americans has a hearing loss.
  • The most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million Americans, and severe tinnitus can have a profound effect on the quality of a person’s life. 
  • Severe tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss and may be just as debilitating as the hearing loss itself. An expanded discussion on Tinnitus can be found here.
  • Listening to music with earbuds at high volume can cause permanent hearing damage.

The Bottom Line: If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, book an appointment online, here.

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 How Hearing Loss Progresses


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During early stages of hearing loss, high frequencies become more difficult to hear with any clarity, if at all. As a result, the high-pitched voices of women and children become hard to hear or understand. It is important to understand that people with hearing loss may not understand spoken words, even if they hear them. This is because high-frequency hearing loss distorts sound, which makes speech difficult to understand even if it can be heard.

People with hearing loss also have trouble understanding the difference between words that sound alike. This is especially true if those words contain S, F, SH, CH, H, TH, T, K or soft C sounds, because those consonants are in a much higher frequency range than vowels and other consonants.

After assessing your hearing loss, Dr. Li-Korotky will discuss options for improving your ability to hear and communicate effectively.

And now a word from our customers!

Always excellent service

I am always treated with the utmost respect, they listen to my concerns and act on them right away. They advise me of all of the options for my care and what those options will cost. If there is anything that they cannot do for me they refer me to someone who can. Dr. Li and all the staff at Pacific Northwest Audiology are the best!!!!!

Excellent care

Very interested in helping you hear as good as possible. The staff and doctors keep working until you are satisfied with your hearing experience. All the latest in technology are available and very patient with instruction. Highly recommend their knowledge and skills!


I am a senior citizen. I have had MANY checkups, evaluations and care given for many things dealing with normal aging. I have NEVER in all that time encountered a more comprehensive and thorough exam or diagnosis. I would without any doubt or hesitation recommend or send my family or friends to Pacific Northwest Audiology for checkups or care. I am still amazed at the care I received.


FROM DAY ONE, I HAVE HAD A WONDERFUL, EXCITING EXPERIENCE WITH DR.Li and her excellent staff. I have learned so much about all the aspects of hearing available to me. It is awesome to think of all the technology involved in our auditory systems. I feel blessed to have found Northwest Audiology. They are here to help!

Best service in central Oregon.

They have the best staff of all. They take you on time ( I had no time for my coffee) Mindy does a great job on adjusting my aids. And all the other work that needed to be done. I highly recommend them for anyone with a hearing problem.

Friendly, Expert Service

Love the staff at Pacific Northwest Audiology. They are warm and welcoming. Their expertise is unmatched in Central Oregon. My Unitron hearing aids work great. I can hear the small, high pitched birds, on my walks now. I will continue to recommend them to anyone who is seeking help with their hearing.

Follow Up Visit

I was very pleased with how my visit was handled and everything that I needed taken care of and answered was done to my satisfaction. I will keep telling those that are in need of your services and hearing needs to make an appointment with Pacific Northwest Audiology. I know they will be as satisfied as I have always been. Thanks for all your help.

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 Click below for the previous or next topic:


When Hearing FailsTypes of Hearing Loss

Depending on location and causative factors, there are three types of hearing disorders…Conductive…Sensorineural and Mixed Hearing Loss. Learn more, here


Age Related Hearing LossAge-Related Hearing Loss (ARHL)

Hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one third of Americans between 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over 75 have hearing and communication problems. Learn more, here



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