You have an inkling that something is wrong with your hearing. But it’s not always bad. For example, perhaps you can clearly hear and understand a friend who’s visiting you at home. But in a busy restaurant, it’s almost impossible to have the same conversation. Like a lot of other health conditions, hearing loss comes in various types and degrees, and no two people experience it exactly the same way.
Each year in October, we observe National Protect Your Hearing Month, an optimal time to raise awareness about the importance of preventing noise-induced hearing loss.The ability to hear well is vital for a lot of good reasons. It may stave off adverse health conditions, such as depression, dementia and injury-causing falls. It’s also essential for effective communication.
Half the world lacks access to essential health services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This distressing fact is the driving force behind World Health Day, Saturday, April 7, 2018. WHO urges world leaders to ensure “that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.”
Has someone said this to you? Or have you said it to someone else? Often a family member or friend is the one who encourages someone to get his or her hearing checked.