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Age-related hearing loss is common, but it is often untreated and ignored.
It’s a bigger problem than you think – The NIDCH says that about 2% of adults aged 45 to 54 have hearing loss, which makes it hard for them to do their jobs. For adults ages 55 to 64, the rate goes up to 8.5%. About 25% of people aged 65 to 74 and 50% of those aged 75 and older have hearing loss, making it hard for them to do their jobs.
Moreover, less than one-third (30%) of adults aged 70 and up with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them. Fewer adults between 20 and 69 (16%) who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them.
As we age, our hearing can gradually decline, making it harder for us to hear and understand others. Many causes of age-related hearing loss include exposure to loud noises, genetic factors, and the natural aging process. In addition to these factors, certain medical conditions and medications can contribute to age-related hearing loss.
Why age-related hearing loss is ignored.
One of the reasons why age-related hearing loss is often ignored is that it is an invisible condition. Unlike other conditions, such as vision loss, hearing loss cannot be seen, and many people do not realize they have a problem. As a result, they may not seek treatment, even if they are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, such as difficulty hearing conversation or a constant ringing in their ears.
Another reason why age-related hearing loss is often ignored is the stigma that is associated with it. Many older adults are afraid of being seen as old or weak if they seek treatment for their hearing loss, and they may be reluctant to admit that they have a problem. In addition, there is a widespread belief that hearing loss is a normal part of aging, and many older adults do not see it as a condition that requires treatment.
Despite these challenges, it is essential for older adults to seek treatment for their hearing loss, as it can significantly impact their quality of life. By treating their hearing loss, older adults can improve their ability to hear and understand others, which can help them to stay connected with their loved ones and maintain a sense of independence. In addition, treating hearing loss can help to prevent further decline and improve overall health and well-being.
Is a loved one ignoring their hearing loss?
If you are trying to convince a family member to get their hearing treated, there are several things you can do to help. Here are some tips for encouraging a loved one to seek treatment for their hearing loss:
Be understanding and supportive. It can be difficult for some people to admit that they have a hearing problem and may feel embarrassed or ashamed. It is essential to be understanding and supportive of your loved one and to let them know that you are there to help. By showing them that you care and are on their side, you can make it easier for them to open up and talk about their hearing loss.
Provide information and resources. Many people may need to learn more about hearing loss and the available treatment options. By providing them with information and resources, you can help them to understand more about their condition and the benefits of treatment.
Offer to go with them to their appointment. Some people may be hesitant to seek treatment because they fear going to the doctor or being judged. By offering to go with them to their appointment, you can provide them with moral support and help them to feel more comfortable.
Be patient and persistent. Convincing a loved one to seek treatment for their hearing loss can take time, and you may need to be patient and persistent. It is essential to keep the conversation open and provide support and encouragement.
By providing them with information, resources, and support, you can help them make the right decision for them and enjoy the benefits of better hearing.
When your loved one is ready, so are we! Please schedule a consultation with us and help them take the first step towards better hearing and quality of life.