People with hearing loss commonly avoid social situations because they struggle to hear, and many experience loneliness and depression as a result. Now with social distancing guidelines in place, family members and friends with hearing loss are at an even higher risk for mental health issues as a result of loneliness. One study even found that loneliness was associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes daily.1
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Looking for an easy way to understand or explain how hearing and hearing loss works? Join Laila and Brian on their journey of discovery into the dangers of noise.
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Did you know that the average noise level of a restaurant is 79.3dBA? Hearing loss starts to occur at sounds 85dBA and louder. Restaurants are a constant hustle and bustle of noise. Between the constant movement of people, proximity of tables, and design of the room, restaurants can be uncomfortably loud for everyone and especially for people with hearing difficulties.
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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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From social isolation to tidings of joy
Do the approaching holidays fill you with feelings of joy…or dread? For individuals who can’t hear well, it’s often the latter. Some people even “drop out” of the holidays because they have so much trouble hearing conversation, especially in large, noisy gatherings.