Dancing, singing and laughing shouldn't have to stop with age. Neither should your hearing. Hearing loss might sound inevitable but it doesn't have to be.
Delayed responses to hearing loss may be reinforced by the low priority we give it as a health condition. In fact, the study revealed that few doctors check hearing in physical examinations,8 leaving this task to individual patients or their loved ones to initiate.
Hearing loss not only means losing the ability to process sound. Many people with hearing loss also find themselves withdrawing from conversations and social gatherings.8 They can become increasingly isolated, losing confidence and self-esteem.8 With the number of people aged 60 years and over predicted to double by 2050,2 hearing loss must be high on the agenda for both society and individuals to help keep minds sharp and strengthen social connections.3,4,5,6,7
The global survey revealed that although hearing loss can be a preventable and treatable health condition,1 seven in 10 people believe it is unavoidable as we get older.8 This belief is even stronger among people who already live with hearing loss.
Restoring hearing loss can help restore quality of life for individuals, strengthen connections for communities and make societies more productive. Left unaddressed, hearing loss can cause social isolation and make it difficult for many people to work.1
71% of respondents think hearing loss is unavoidable as we get older.8 The outdated perception that hearing loss is an inevitable part of ageing gives rise to irregular health check-ups and delayed action. We need to do more to dispel such myths and get people to act.
Most hearing loss is gradual and painless, which means people may not be getting their hearing checked regularly or seeking treatment when they should. Instead, they adjust their lives to accommodate; like turning up the volume on the TV. This doesn't have to be the case.
Across the globe, 73% of people know where to get their hearing tested yet only 37% have had their hearing tested in the last two years.8
Seven in 10 respondents who identify as having some level of hearing loss said they have not had their hearing checked.8 Even among people aged 65 and over with hearing loss, almost half (45%) have not had their hearing checked.8
Don't wait, get your hearing evaluated today. I look back at my life, particularly in my 40's and realized how many experiences I missed with my family and kids growing up simply due to my hearing loss; not only isolating myself but isolating my entire family.
Since I got my hearing treated I find I am a much better listener, more in the present and focused.
More than half of Americans have a close family member with moderate-to-profound hearing loss and 9 in 10 believe it affects relationships with their loved ones.8 These findings come from the 2019 State of Hearing Report, which surveyed 7,200 people in five countries and discovered 7 in 10 Americans think hearing loss is unavoidable as we get older but just 4 in 10 got their hearing checked in the last two years.8
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