We all know someone with hearing loss.
Thirty-eight million Americans (12% of the U.S. population) have a hearing loss significant enough to impact health and life quality. Hearing trouble makes everyday life challenging. It hinders your career, relationships, academics, and even health–yet few people who develop hearing loss are willing to address the problem. Listening situations that can be especially difficult with hearing loss:
- Understanding phone conversations
- Hearing the doorbell or phone ring
- Communicating in noisy restaurants
- Listening to TV or radio
- Following group discussions
If you have a friend or family member who struggles in one or more of these situations, chances are it’s been a while since they had their hearing checked. The Center for Hearing and Communication encourages everyone to get an annual hearing screening as part of their overall heath and wellness program.
Hearing loss can be harmful to our health
Left untreated, hearing loss can jeopardize our health and safety in ways that might surprise you:
- Emotional health – Staying connected to family, friends and the community positively impacts our emotional well-being, but hearing loss often interferes with our ability to maintain these ties. Communication can become so difficult and frustrating that a person with untreated hearing loss can feel socially isolated, lonely and in some cases, depressed. Addressing the hearing loss can reduce these symptoms and improve the ability to stay connected.
- Safety – Not hearing well can put you in harm’s way. It can be difficult to hear alerts such as a car horn or a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, especially when sleeping. For many, it can be challenging to communicate using the phone in emergency situations and understand directions clearly. Treating hearing loss can help you stay safe and responsive.
- Memory & cognitive function – Alarming new research links hearing loss and the risk of developing dementias including Alzheimer’s Disease. Findings suggest untreated hearing loss puts a tremendous strain on the brain, weakening its ability to process and store information. And, as the degree of hearing loss increases, so does the potential of developing memory and thinking challenges.
Take action today!
Hearing loss is a part of the aging process for many, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it!
“Don’t delay treating your hearing loss. You’ll be happier, healthier and more vital. You deserve it!”
Laurie Hanin, Ph.D., CCC-A
Center for Hearing and Communication
How to broach the sensitive subject of hearing loss…
Many people with hearing leave the problem untreated, to big consequences. These are people we all care about–like our friends, parents, and grandparents. But trying to talk to them about their hearing loss can be a touchy subject.
The Center for Hearing and Communication is pleased to introduce SoundGram–a completely new way to broach the difficult topic of hearing loss in a non-confrontational, fun and personal way. Check out the video and send a SoundGram today.