A recent survey conducted by MED-EL discovered that almost half of survey responders knew someone with hearing loss. And 64% of respondents that knew someone with hearing loss have had actually had a conversation with that person regarding hearing loss. You can read more about the survey, and also see the great new infographic about it from MED-EL here: http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/blog/breakingnews/pages/post.aspx?PostID=118
This is great news! More people are willing to talk about hearing loss, and with that more people will be willing to take action for it. The survey also adds validity that most people are more willing to take action with their hearing loss when they are approached by a family member. It showed that “79 percent of respondents aged 65 and over said they would be more likely to seek evaluation for their hearing if their family members approached them with the concern”. What does this mean for you? Talk to your family! Are your aging parents asking you to repeat yourself? Does your uncle keep the volume on the TV turned up way too loud? If someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, it is ok to talk about it. Help them know how much you want them to stay part of the conversation.
Are you starting to notice the signs in yourself? Talk to a hearing care provider. See if your friends or family know of a hearing-care professional in your area you can schedule an appointment with. With more people talking about hearing loss, it can become easier for everyone to take action. Keep the conversation going!
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