Hearing helps us interact with the world and connect with the people in our lives. Hearing is also important for healthy aging. Everyone loses some hearing as we get older because parts of the inner ear wear out over time. This gradual loss of hearing can impact our lives and isolate us from the people and the world around us.
Yet many of us do not know much about our hearing and how it changes as we get older. This is in part because there hasn’t been a simple way to understand and talk about our hearing, like there is for height, weight, vision, or blood pressure, for example. That’s where the Hearing Number comes in.