If you have hearing loss or know someone who does, welcome to the (growing) club. Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition for adults, after arthritis and heart disease, and affects an estimated 765 million adults globally, according to the World Health Organization. For anyone dealing with hearing loss — you are definitely not alone.
Though the average age of a patient in the U.S. who gets their first pair of hearing aids is 69 years old, it does not mean that hearing loss is only a disease of aging. Recent research demonstrates that hearing loss is a disease of all ages. Patients often live with untreated hearing loss for many years before seeking help or being referred for their first hearing test. Because hearing loss is invisible and happens gradually, patients adapt to their reduced hearing levels. A patient may have hearing loss for a long time before they finally decide to take action. They may not mention any concerns about their hearing until years have passed. By this time, it’s likely that damage will have been done to their cognitive function, overall health, personal relationships, and general quality of life. Many people put off getting help for their hearing loss because they think it’s insignificant – something they can deal with by simply turning the TV louder or asking family and friends to repeat themselves. But research has linked untreated hearing loss to significant issues that affect peoples’ lives in many ways.
The good news? According to the Better Hearing Institute, for 90-95 percent of people with hearing loss, hearing aids are an option.
Did you know that 90 percent of hearing aid owners would recommend hearing aids to a friend or family member with a hearing problem? Hearing loss is a common problem among many of today’s population. Ranked as the third most prevalent age-related disability, an estimated one in six Americans experience hearing loss.
Hearing loss has been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s, a propensity for falling, depression, social isolation and more. But despite that hearing loss can affect so many lifestyle elements, an astounding 80 percent of people with hearing loss don’t seek the help of hearing aids!
On the other hand, in 2015 Better Hearing Institute reported that more about 91 percent of new hearing aid owners were satisfied with their hearing aids. They also found that participants with wireless hearing aid technology, such as the Made for iPhone hearing aids, noted even higher satisfaction rates.
Hearing aids can help in a variety of situations, but some of the biggest benefits include:
- Positive impacts on relationships with friends and family
- Decreased listening fatigue
- Improved ability to communicate effectively in various environments
- Positive impact on work performance
- Increased desire to participate in social situations and group activities
At Tustin Hearing Center, we are passionate about “hearing” and the importance of hearing health. Hearing care is healthcare. We encourage people to have annual hearing tests. Just like you check your eyes and teeth, it’s wise to check your hearing too.
To schedule your appointment with one of our Doctors of Audiology, call us at (714) 731-6549.