Better Hearing is Attainable and Undetectable
Let’s face it, hearing loss is easy to ignore. It may become bothersome when friends and family communicate that they are tired of repeating themselves. People with hearing loss may tire of struggling to hear at church or at a restaurant with friends, but according to multiple studies this is not enough to initiate action. Hearing loss factors vary based on whether you are a baby boomer, a teen or a veteran. However, options given today’s digital technology and invisible options it’s easier than ever to correct hearing loss.
Baby Boomers Would Benefit from a Simple Hearing Test
Statistics from research obtained from the Better Hearing Institute in March of 2012:
- Nearly 1 in 4 people with hearing loss own hearing aids
- 40% of people with moderate-severe hearing loss own hearing aids compared to 9% of people with mild hearing loss
- Non-adopters have been aware of their hearing loss on average for 12.4 years (median = 8 years)
- Only about 2 in 5 (41.2%) non-adopters have had their hearing tested in the last 5 years. Nearly half (46.3%) have never had their hearing tested or were last tested as a child or more than 10 years ago
Invisible Hearing Aid Solutions
Hearing aid manufacturers have developed innovative devices that are invisible when being worn. This is a critical component, especially for Baby Boomers.
“The top influencing factor (nearly 2 in 5 people) in this category is convincing the potential consumer that the hearing aid is invisible or nearly invisible. This desire for invisibility can only be related to the stigma of wearing hearing aids. About one-third (35.0%) would be motivated if they thought their hearing loss impacted their safety or the safety of others, while one-fourth (25.1%) would be motivated if they felt more socially isolated,” according to Better Hearing Institute.
Hearing Loss in Teens and Veterans
It’s not only Baby Boomers and Seniors who are at risk of hearing loss
As reported by the Hearing Health Foundation, nearly a fifth of all American teens have hearing loss. And 60 percent of our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience hearing loss that makes them feel even more isolated and alone returning to civilian life.
If you are of the “ipod” generation and like to crank up your tunes, you run a high risk of hearing loss as a result of being exposed to exceptionally loud music. “Research shows that 76% of people listen to music at levels above 85 decibels”, as reported in an article by Chris Evens on the Better Hearing blog. The report goes on to explain that “exposure to noise of over 80 decibels can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Duration has a big impact on hearing loss. Music listened at these levels for extended periods of time can cause hearing loss.”
It’s no surprise that veterans are exposed to extreme noise for extended periods. “Experts say training to prevent hearing problems needs to start as soon as a person enters the military. But ear protection can be inconvenient in combat, and some noises are so loud that protection won’t help,” according to an article posted by the Better Hearing Institute.
ABC World News Story on Ear Buds
Are Your Headphones Causing Permanent Hearing Loss?
Hearing Loss May Be Sneaking Up on You
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, hearing loss is rarely sudden or total, unless you are exposed to an exceptionally loud noise. It’s usually gradual, sometimes so gradual that your family and friends may notice the problem before you do.
Here are ten questions that will help you determine whether you (or a friend or family member) should have your hearing professionally tested by a hearing healthcare professional.
-Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
-Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
-Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
-Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
-Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
-Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
-Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
-Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
-Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
-Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a professional hearing evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional.