Healthy Hearing estimates that 25% of those aged 65-74 have hearing loss. Some sources estimate that number to be as high as 33%. Not only does untreated hearing loss affect seniors physically, but it also affects them socially, mentally and emotionally. Seniors often remove themselves from enjoyable life moments because it gets too frustrating to try and be a part of daily conversations. Unfortunately, studies show that fewer than one out of three people over the age of 70 who need hearing aids have actually used them.
Healthyhearing.com states that seniors with untreated hearing loss report a lower quality of life than those without hearing loss or those whose hearing loss has been treated with hearing aids. Not only does hearing loss start to take a toll on their family and friend relationships, they can also experience loneliness, depression, anger, cognitive decline, and overall poor health.
Hearing loss is not often prioritized to treat since it is culturally seen as a normal part of aging. It is a normal part of aging, but because of the stress and other health factors that hearing loss can bring, it is important to seek treatment early. The average amount of time between noticing hearing loss and seeking treatment is 10 years, and only 14 percent of doctors make hearing loss screenings a regular part of a physical exam.
Hearing loss also harms seniors’ physical health as they often become socially isolated, making them less likely to exercise and more likely to participate in drinking and other unhealthy habits. This then leads to poor health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Fortunately, there is a solution to all of these difficulties. If you or anyone you know is suffering from a minor or major hearing loss problem, simply contact a hearing healthcare provider. Don’t suffer any longer.
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hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By Jordan Novak, Marketing Intern