With an estimated 48 million Americans experiencing hearing loss, The Family Hearing Center is encouraging the public to act on the early signs of trouble—for the benefit of their health, cognitive well-being, physical safety, and overall quality of life. This Family Hearing Center message is a timely one, as May is recognized nationally as Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).
DON’T JUST GET BY, THRIVE:
We know that many adults wait years or even decades before getting help for their hearing loss, believing that they are getting by just fine. However, many aren’t doing as well as they think they are—and we want people to not just get by but to thrive in their work and lives. As we learn more about the connection that hearing loss has to many other health and medical conditions, as well as how hearing loss can impact personal relationships, career success, and overall happiness and satisfaction, we hope more people become motivated to take the next step and seek out a hearing evaluation from a certified audiologist.
QUESTIONS THAT ADULTS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES ABOUT THEIR HEARING:
Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
Do people around you often seem to mumble?
Do you often need to ask people to repeat themselves?
Do others complain about you turning up the TV volume too high?
Do you have trouble following conversation when more than one person is talking?
Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?
Do you have to listen carefully or put in extra effort to understand conversation?
Do you have trouble hearing in noisy environments, such as restaurants?
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you’d likely benefit from a hearing evaluation.
MORE THAN A NUISANCE:
If you have hearing loss, you might have a higher risk of developing certain health conditions, such as social isolation, depression, anxiety, falls and other injuries, and cognitive decline and dementia. Studies have shown that hearing loss is also associated with these outcomes: higher medical costs, lower wages, more hospitalizations, increased risk of hospital readmission, and longer hospital stays. Act now, mitigate risks, and get a hearing evaluation!
If you have any questions, please contact The Family Hearing Center: (301) 738-1415