Recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing, says the Hearing Center of Spartanburg & Greer ENT, which is raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other important health issues throughout the month of May in conjunction with Better Hearing & Speech Month.
Spartanburg & Greer ENT also is encouraging adults of all ages to take the free, quick, and confidential online Hearing Check at www.BetterHearing.org. Anyone can take the online survey to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health professional.
Nearly 40 million people in the United States today have hearing loss. Most of them are part of America’s current workforce. Hearing loss affects Gen Xers, baby boomers, and people of all ages. In fact, a 2008 study found that the prevalence of hearing loss among younger adults, specifically those in their 20s and 30s, is increasing.
Fortunately, for the vast majority of people with hearing loss, hearing aids can help. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.
When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.
Because most doctors don’t include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams, it’s important to ask to have your hearing tested or to visit a hearing care professional. Once you reach middle-age, it makes sense to include hearing tests as part of your routine annual care.