HEARING

Who has Hearing Loss?

If you’re one of the 360 million people worldwide living with some degree of hearing loss, you’re not alone.

Hearing loss can happen at any time, and at any age. You might be surprised to learn that an astonishingly high percentage of people with hearing loss are younger than you might think. In fact, the majority of people (65%) with hearing loss are under the age of 65. (Better Hearing Institute)

Hearing loss of gradual onset has been independently associated with and increased likelihood of dementia, social isolation and fatigue in several recent peer reviewed studies. Individuals are encouraged to have their hearing screened by the age of 55.

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1. Source: The Hearing Review, WHO: Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids Reach Only 10% of Global Need
2. Source: Hearing Science, Hearing Loss in Adults
3. Source: Hearing Loss Association of America, Basic Facts about Hearing Loss

4. Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults- A Growing National Epidemic

Living with Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss isn’t just a burden on your hearing. It’s an obstacle directly impacting your quality of life. Having the ability to experience a world filled with sound, music, and conversations helps us connect to one another and find happiness in our lives. When you hear better, you are able to process information more effectively, communicate better with family and friends, and live an overall healthier life. Seeking treatment means hearing your world better, understanding one another more clearly – even rediscovering movie night with your loved ones.

Spouses, friends, co-workers and family are also affected by the consequences of your hearing loss. For example, in home entertainment environments, if you find yourself increasing the volume on the TV in order to hear programs or movies, your family and friends with normal hearing will likely find the volume loud and uncomfortable. As a result, watching television with your loved ones may become a constant, frustrating battle.

If you are struggling to hear the television and finding that you more frustrated, isolated or depressed as a result, you should consider getting your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional.

When Should I Seek a Hearing Solution?

Do you think you might have hearing loss? Here are a few common signs that can help you determine if you should get your hearing tested by a professional:

  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • Focusing on reading lips to understand program dialog
  • Avoiding social living room environments you once found enjoyable
  • Having trouble understanding the television when there is background noise
  • Feeling more frustrated or depressed when watching television
  • Relying on subtitles to understand what you’re watching
  • Having difficulty hearing television dialog unless facing the speaker or soundbar

If you answered yes to even just a couple of these, it might be time to visit a hearing healthcare professional.

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