Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in adults, according to Dr. Janet Revelle.
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in adults. Only arthritis and heart disease affect more people. In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Janet Revelle Au.D., director of audiology for Bacharach Hearing Center, explains the importance of hearing care.
Why is hearing loss so prevalent?
Hearing loss affects 37.5 million Americans of all ages. While most people don’t hesitate to get their eyes or blood pressure checked, some are afraid to get their hearing checked. Why? Often, it’s because they think they will automatically be fitted with a hearing aid. But getting your hearing checked helps your audiologist get a sense of your natural hearing level so they can help you navigate any injuries or changes that occur in the future.
Also, ear protection is not at the forefront of everyone’s mind. People think to wear headphones at loud concerts but don’t always wear them when mowing the lawn, using a leaf blower or other common loud household gadgets.
What happens if hearing loss goes untreated?
Untreated hearing loss is associated with numerous other health risks, including diabetes, depression, dementia, and kidney failure. And because changes that occur in the inner ear can serve as a predictor for other health conditions it is vitally important to keep up with your hearing screenings.
When your ear is not balanced for sound, the body isn’t balanced for movement. Your inner ear houses your balance and hearing, so when there is an issue with one there is usually an issue with the other. Adults with hearing loss are three times more likely to fall, and falls are the leading cause of death for people 65 and older.
Describe the impact of hearing loss.
Aside from not being about to communicate effectively and experiencing cognitive decline, many people with hearing loss suffer from depression due to social withdrawal. Their hearing loss undermines their self-confidence and can cause their personality to change. They may no longer want to attend family gatherings or enen community events like BINGO where there is the possibility to get information wrong.