Hearing loss is a very gradual process, so you may not notice it at first. It is estimated that 1/3 of Americans will have some degree of hearing loss by the time they are 65. After age 75, that percentage jumps to half. Getting help early is imperative in order to retain as much hearing as possible in later years. Waiting too long can cause hearing loss that is beyond correction. Knowing the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of hearing loss will help you realize when you need a full hearing evaluation, which The Eye Associates provides at no charge and with no obligation.