Hearing creates a bridge between us to our loved ones, our communities and the world. It helps us be a part of all those little moments that make life so special. From time with family to jokes with friends, don’t let hearing loss limit you from being a part of those moments.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 1 in 8 people in the United States, or 30 million, over the age of 12 have hearing loss in both ears. 1 It’s more common than you’d think, and it affects people of all ages, which is why the World Health Organization declared March 3rd as World Hearing Day.2
The cost of hearing loss
Hearing loss isn’t just a nuisance, it affects your overall wellbeing. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact both physical and mental health, and can be connected to conditions such as social isolation, depression, dementia, heart disease, and falls.3 Additionally, a study from Johns Hopkins University found that older adults who had untreated hearing loss incurred a total of $22,434 in extra healthcare costs versus individuals with no hearing loss.4
What can you do to stop hearing loss from limiting you?
Prevention and early intervention are key in keeping good hearing health.
Prevention should be the first line of defense to protect good hearing. In order to prevent hearing loss, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk:
- Keep a safe distance from loud sounds (85 decibels or higher)
- Use hearing protection if loud sounds cannot be avoided
- Listen to music at a safe volume (no more than 60% of maximum volume)
- If possible, avoid medications that can damage hearing (check with your physician first)
- Prevent or control type 2 diabetes, a proven risk factor for hearing loss
- Quit smoking, which research has linked to hearing loss5
- Use a decibel meter app to see if you are being exposed to excessive noise, Click here for more information and links to app downloads.
If you or a loved one have hearing loss, the longer it goes untreated, the more it interferes with your communication abilities and overall quality of life. Be proactive with your hearing health:
- Ask your physician about a simple hearing screening when you go in for a routine physical exam or preventive visit. Like dental and vision exams, hearing screenings should be part of your preventative care plan.
- Make an appointment with a hearing health care provider if you suspect hearing loss. How do you know if you need help? One easy-to-use discovery tool is this online hearing quiz. While it doesn’t replace a professional diagnosis, it may give you clues that you need a complete hearing evaluation.
Ready to take the next step?
Simply click here to request an appointment for a professional hearing screening with an Amplifon Hearing Health Care provider at a clinic near you. Our Patient Care Advocates will answer your questions and guide you through the entire process.