Discrimination is common in our world today for all sorts of reasons and hearing loss is no exception. Many people face this every day in both professional and personal settings. Hearing loss is known as the "silent disability" because you cannot see someone's hearing loss the same way you can see a prosthetic leg or someone's vision impairment.
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Independence is a great thing - we love being able to snap our fingers and have the solution to our problem. Unfortunately, when it comes to our health - we should take a less direct approach. Our hearing deserves the best attention it can receive - once we lose it, we cannot every fully get it back.
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ONE: Affects people of all ages
It’s time to put aside preconceived notions about hearing loss — including the idea that hearing loss is simply a condition of old age. The fact is, only 35% of individuals with hearing loss are over age 64, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that approximately 15% of Americans (26 million people) between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise at work or during
TWO: Has many possible causes
You might be surprised at how many ways you can lose your hearing. In addition to presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), causes of hearing loss also include:
THREE: Diminishes quality of life
When you lose your hearing, you lose your ability to communicate with family, friends and coworkers. Studies have shown that hearing loss can lead to social isolation and even depression. If you ignore it long enough, a hearing loss may increase the risk
of dementia, falling and illness requiring hospitalization. Are you in the workforce? An untreated hearing loss translates to lower earnings —by as much as $30,000 annually, according to a BHI study.
FOUR: Can be prevented
You can’t stop the aging process or alter your genetics. But you can take control of certain risk factors for hearing loss, especially exposure to excessive noise. Millions of Americans are exposed to hazardous sound levels on a regular basis, making this one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Fortunately, noise-induced hearing loss is almost totally preventable. Wear hearing protection whenever attending a concert, operating power equipment, shooting a firearm or exposing your ears to any sound level that exceeds 85 decibels. Also, listen to music on an MP3 player at no more than 50% volume.
FIVE: Is frequently treatable
Thanks to advances in technology, nearly 95% of people with a sensorineural hearing loss — the most common type — can be helped with hearing aids, according to the BHI.
SIX: Are more effective than ever
Remember Grandpa’s big, clunky hearing aid? How it whistled and squealed? To borrow a popular advertising phrase, the products offered by today’s hearing healthcare professionals are definitely NOT your Grandpa’s hearing aids! The sound is more natural than ever*. Annoying feedback is all but a thing of the past. Conversation comes through more clearly than ever, while competing noises are suppressed. In short, modern hearing aid technology far surpasses older technology in virtually every
aspect of performance, comfort and convenience.
SEVEN: Work best as a customized solution
You wouldn’t go to an optical shop, get your vision tested and then buy a pair of one-size-fits-all glasses. The same holds true for hearing aids. Your hearing loss is not exactly the same as anyone else’s, and neither are the size and shape of your ears. For
optimal performance and maximum comfort, insist on hearing aids that are programmed to your hearing loss and tailored to the dimensions of your ears.
EIGHT: Should be professionally fitted
Nowadays, you can buy hearing aids via the Internet or mail order. The problem is, you won’t get the professional care — before, during and after your fitting — that are so crucial for wearer satisfaction. Hearing aids are sophisticated electronic devices, requiring expert fine-tuning to precisely match your needs and preferences.
Hearing healthcare professionals also provide aural rehabilitation counseling to help maximize the effectiveness of your hearing aids.
NINE: Can be your little secret
Advances in technology have spawned an exciting new era of hearing aids: packed with power and features, yet contained inside tiny, discreet packages. The smallest devices fit deep inside the ear canal, where they are truly invisible to others. Even hearing aids worn outside the ear (behind the ear and receiver in canal) have been downsized and streamlined to the point where they’re practically undetectable.
TEN: Are surprisingly affordable
Sure, it would be great to wear one of the top brands of hearing aids, customized to you and your needs, and fitted by a trusted hearing healthcare professional. But how can you afford that? Through your Amplifon Hearing Health Care program! The Amplifon value proposition includes access to more than 2,800 hearing aid models from leading brands; a low-price guarantee (we’ll gladly beat a local competitor’s price by 5%**); service from our national network of hearing healthcare providers who’ve met
our strict credentialing requirements…and much more.
To learn more about your Amplifon program benefits and to schedule an appointment with a provider, call today!
*Hearing aids cannot restore natural hearing. Your experience will depend on the severity of your hearing loss, accuracy of evaluation, proper fit and ability to adapt to amplification.
**Amplifon offers a price match on most hearing devices. Some exclusions apply. Not available where prohibited by law. Visit www.amplifonusa.com or call for more details.
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May is Better Speech and Hearing month. Contrary to popular belief, a majority of people who have hearing loss are under the age of 65, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Furthermore, the BHI estimates that hearing loss affects more than 6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 44. Nearly 1.5 million are of school age. So, what causes hearing loss, if it isn’t necessarily the result of growing older? And can anything be done to prevent it? Exposure to excessive noise is one of the leading risk factors — and one that’s largely preventable. Following are steps you can take to reduce your risks:
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As the weather gets nicer, it's time to get outside, get active and meet family and friends for fun. But some of these activities have excessive noises that you might not even think about.
It's May and that means it's Better Hearing and Speech Month. Better Hearing and Speech Month raises awareness about hearing and speech disorders. It encourages all of us to consider hearing and communication issues.
Living your life doesn't have to mean putting yourself at risk for permanent hearing loss. It also does not mean that you need to opt out of certain activities in order to prevent hearing loss. Knowing what frequent activities can negatively affect our hearing long-term and taking steps to eliminate or take protective measures in the future can do wonders! So, what are some things that cause hearing loss?
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Happy Spring! Spring generally brings allergies and itchy ears with it. Problems with your ears or hearing may be a sign of allergies, an overreaction by your body to substances to that are harmless to most people. Allergens include inhalants (pollen, dust, mold, animal dander or other substances drawn in through the nose), foods, medications and substances that come into contact with the skin. Among the common symptoms of allergies:
What's the 3rd most common health condition that affects an estimated 36 million Americans?
If you guessed hearing loss, you're right. Hearing loss affects about 12% of the American population.
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