An Invitation to Hearing Better
About 20% of Americans (or 1 in 5) report some level of hearing loss. By age 65, hearing loss afflicts 1 in 3. By 75, 1 in 2. In fact, it’s the third leading health concern for older Americans (after Arthritis and Heart Disease). An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.
All this news may be of little comfort to you if you suffer from hearing loss and/or Tinnitus. But at least you’re in good company. And, there is hope.
Hearing better should be your goal. Why? Here are a few factors:
- Consider all of the things you are missing out on such as family and professional conversations. Highlights may work for sports but they leave you unfulfilled in social situations.
- Don’t you just hate having to ask people to repeat themselves? It’s frustrating and embarrassing.
- If you’re in the workforce, you should know that hearing loss has been strongly associated with lower productivity AND lower salaries.1
- According to a recent Johns Hopkins Study, older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, compared to those with normal hearing. Further, the risk escalates as a person’s hearing loss grows worse.
- Hearing loss is also associated with Diabetes. In fact, hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with Type 2 diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease.2
- There is even a growing body of research that shows a person’s hearing health and their cardiovascular health correspond.3
When you consider these factors, the appeal of better hearing becomes even stronger. This goal, the goal of better hearing, is achievable when you have the right kind of professional help on your side.
Sharon Hirstein of Elkhart Audiology Rehab is that local professional. Download Your Guide to Better Hearing for more information.