The Invisible Condition

Hearing loss is an invisible condition.

We cannot see hearing loss, only its effects. Because the presence of a hearing loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to:

  • aloofness
  • confusion
  • or personality changes.

Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly over time or suddenly. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to hearing loss over many years.

Sudden, noise-induced hearing loss from gunfire and explosions is the number one disability caused by combat in current wars.