May 5, 2010 1:26 PM by Carina Corral
May is national Better Hearing and Speech Month.
According to Advanced Hearing Aid Center of San Luis Obispo, it is estimated more than 31 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss and that two out of three of them are under the age of 65.
"Establishing a baseline audiogram before hearing loss occurs is vital in diagnosing future hearing loss and a simple hearing screening only takes 5 minutes," said Aaron Marquis, an audioprosthologist with Advanced Hearing Aid Center.
He added most children are tested, but a hearing test in adults is not considered until hearing loss is evident.
The hearing center has established a new website that gives local residents information about their hearing, from the causes and prevention of hearing loss to the different types of hearing loss.