Treat Your Hearing Loss and You Can Avoid Many Physical, Physiological and Psycho-social Conditions
Close to 20% of people in the US, 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. That’s one in five people!
As we age, hearing loss becomes even more prevalent. By the age of 65, 33% experience a form of hearing loss. That’s one in three people!
Hearing loss can be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe, or profound, and it can vary across low, mid, and high frequencies. Hearing loss can be gradual but, if left untreated, it will worsen with time.
The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss have their hearing effectively treated with hearing aids.
It’s true. Hearing aids obviously help you to hear well. Put another way, they correct hearing loss bur did you know that there are significant physical, physiological and psycho-social conditions that can be treated (and avoided) by addressing and successfully treating hearing loss?
Hearing loss can cause depression
Studies indicate that all women with hearing loss, regardless of age, and adults in general with hearing loss are at a greater risk of depression than hearing loss sufferers over the age of 70.
Hearing loss is more prevalent in diabetics
Type 2 diabetics (who represent 95% of all diabetics in the US) are 2x as likely to have hearing loss than those who don’t have diabetes.
Hearing loss can lead to falls
Studies of seniors over the age of 65 indicate that untreated hearing loss is a common cause of falls and suggests that seniors schedule a hearing test as part of their regime in maintaining health and quality of life.
Hearing loss may be a sign of heart issues
Studies have concluded that people with cardiovascular disorders can be more prone to hearing loss and, therefore, should be proactive in getting their hearing tested.
Hearing loss common in dementia
Senior citizens that suffer with hearing loss are more likely to also develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than those who do not have hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be side effect of chemotherapy
Three important side effects from certain chemotherapy medications that are not mentioned as frequently are temporary/permanent sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), tinnitus, and loss of balance.