The Hearing Gap Between Men and Women

The Hearing Gap Between Men and Women

It’s no secret that men and women have their fair share of differences. Shocking, right? But have you ever wondered why communication seems to be one of the biggest?

Believe it or not, it is not all about listening. It actually begins with the ability to hear. According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, men are twice as likely to experience hearing loss, but are less likely than women to seek help. Men are also less likely to talk about their hearing loss.

When it comes to hearing loss men tend to lose their ‘hearing’ in the higher frequency levels first. For women, hearing loss generally occurs in the lower level frequencies.

How does this affect communication between the sexes? This means men are less likely to understand consonants, and women are less likely to understand vowels. As you can imagine, this creates an array of misunderstandings and can strain a relationship. At last, an explanation for miscommunication!

Hearing loss is also more common than you may think. Over 50 million people alone in the United States are affected, and on average, only 1 in 3 people who need hearing aids actually use them. Why is that? Many will say it is because of cost.

The good news is… the Hearing Aid Project can help! Regardless of gender, if you are someone in need of hearing aid assistance, the Hearing Aid Project is here to help.

You can start by exploring our online list of state and national resources that provide assistance to those in need. You may also use the links at the top of the homepage to learn more about the Hearing Aid Project.

We believe ALL men and women should have the ability to communicate effectively. Don’t you? Learn how you can play a role in closing the communication gap by helping others.