World Hearing Day, March 3, may be the biggest day devoted to hearing health on a global basis. But the real focus should be on local efforts to prevent and treat hearing loss, which affects an estimated 466 million people worldwide and 36 million right here in the U.S.
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It’s a beautiful spring day, and you’re driving with the windows down and sunroof open. You’re coming up to a construction zone. As you drive through, you encounter the sounds of jackhammers ripping away the old street surface and the incessant beeping of a dump truck backing up. You decide to roll up the windows and close the sunroof for a few blocks to isolate yourself from the noise.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, heart disease, noise-induced hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, American Heart Month, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart and Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Prevention, occupational hearing loss, Workers' Comp, Workers' Comp Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation
We’ve previously reported on research showing that hearing loss is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Now comes the strongest evidence yet that hearing loss is not only linked to cognitive decline and dementia, but that the use of hearing aids may help protect the brain from these conditions of advancing age.
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Thinking about it later in life, Jim realized that his hearing loss probably started when he was a teen or young adult. It might have been the rock concerts he attended, the fireworks he set off, the motorcycle he rode or all of these (and perhaps other) high-noise activities. Jim ignored his hearing loss all these years — and now he’s paying the price through an increased risk for costly health conditions, including dementia, depression and injury-causing falls.
Over a decade, health insurance companies paid out an extra $20,403 for older adults with untreated hearing loss, compared to those with no hearing loss, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Aid Cost, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Hearing Aids, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls
Being an older hearing-impaired adult with no partner or children increases the risk of premature death, according to new research conducted at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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Recent research has shed new light on why some people are more susceptible than others to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), one of the most common occupational illnesses in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This knowledge could prove to be valuable, not only for individuals, but for insurers, employers and workers’ compensation programs.
On August 22, 2018, Illinois became the 23rd state requiring health insurance companies to cover prescribed hearing aids for children. The new law, sponsored by State Sen. Julie Morrison and State Rep. Laura Fine, requires health insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids every 36 months for individuals younger than 18 years old. It also mandates coverage for services and repairs related to the hearing aid fitting. Click here to read the full text of the law.
For most people, the holiday season is a joyous and wonderful time of the year, especially as we come together with loved ones and count our many blessings. However, for those who struggle with untreated hearing loss, this time of year can be quite challenging. Hearing difficulties interfere with the ability to converse, which causes individuals to pull away from social settings and become isolated.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Benefit, depression, Affordable Hearing Solution, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Hearing Loss and the Holidays
Having served in the emergency medical services industry for more than 25 years, I’ve seen older adults arrive in the hospital ER after experiencing a catastrophic fall. Many of them required treatment for severe injuries, including broken legs, hips, arms and shoulders. In 2015, the total medical costs for falls in the U.S. reached more than $50 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, depression, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health