Associated Coastal Ear, Nose And ThroatMay 31, 2018
BETTER HEARING & SPEECH MONTH
Our office would like to bring awareness to hearing loss, a common problem with which many people struggle. Did you know about 20 percent of Americans, 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss? At age 65, one out of three persons has a hearing loss problem. 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. Hearing loss can be very challenging in any situation, but especially so in social settings. When you can’t hear well, you tend to withdraw from social environments or activities. It is very common for people suffering from hearing loss to separate themselves or feel isolated because they cannot partake in conversations or simply don’t want to burden family and friends with the common question of “What did you say?” Research shows the considerable effects of hearing loss on development as well as the negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience distorted and incomplete communication that seriously impacts their professional and personal lives.
We would like you to know hearing loss is very common, you are not alone. Most types of hearing loss can be treated with hearing devices. Please note hearing aids cannot correct or cure your hearing, however they should make everyday tasks easier and improve your quality of life.
If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Schedule a free appointment with our Doctorate level Audiologists and take the first step toward a world of better hearing.