Uh oh! You’re tire is flat. Guess you’ll just have to tough it out and drive with a flat tire for the rest of your life. Yikes! Of course that kind of thinking doesn’t make any sense, but why then do so many people apply that thinking to their hearing loss. A recent study conducted through JAMA found that around one-third of adults who considered themselves to have less than “excellent/good” hearing have never seen a hearing specialist. On top of that around, 17% of the 20,264 adults tested reported that they had less than good hearing. You can see Hearing Review’s analysis of the study here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2664072?redirect=true
This means there are a lot of people in this country who are aware they have some degree of hearing loss, but don’t do anything about it. Why is that bad? Well hearing loss has been heavily associated with increasing the potential of dementia for one thing. Another JAMA study has shown “Age-related hearing loss is a possible biomarker and modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, and dementia.” Read more here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2665726?redirect=true
Hearing loss is serious business. We can’t just keep driving on a flat tire when it comes to hearing care or we may face serious health issues. If you are wondering what to do next, contact a hearing care professional as soon as possible to schedule a basic hearing test.
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator