The Facts About Hearing Loss
Did You Know...
- About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss (according to the Hearing Loss Association of America)
- 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss
- 1 in 6 baby boomers suffer from a loss
Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age and can occur gradually over time. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have a loss, the simplest action you can take is to get a hearing test. This important, painless, step will let you know if you do have a hearing loss and how mild or severe it is.
Once you've finished the test, you will be informed of your treatment options, if needed, so that you can make the best decision for your hearing health. There are many solutions available for hearing amplification, but the solution you choose will come down to your degree of loss, lifestyle and budget. Our DLH professionals pride themselves on working side-by-side with you to find a personalized solution that is right for you, without you ever feeling rushed or pressured. Our priority is the care we provide and helping our patients to hear their absolute best!
The Cost of Not Treating Hearing Loss...
For those suffering from a loss, they may not realize that there are other health connections and associated risks to avoiding hearing better. Some of these include:
- An increased risk of falling - One study found that even people with mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling
- A greater risk for Dementia - Studies have shown that seniors with hearing loss are more likely to develop Dementia over time than those without hearing loss
- Depression and isolation - Someone suffering from hearing loss may start to withdraw or avoid social situations that are more challenging on their hearing
- An increase in hospitalization - Hospitalization is more likely for older adults with hearing loss than for their peers with normal hearing, according to a study by experts at Johns Hopkins
These are just a few related issues if a hearing loss is not treated. even with these associated risks, primary care doctors do not routinely screen for hearing loss so it may go undetected for some time. This is why it is important to have your hearing tested annually, especially for those over 50.
**Information from the Better Hearing Institute and Hearing Loss Association of America.