MAY IS BETTER HEARING MONTH, BETTER GET YOUR HEARING CHECKED!
TORONTO, ONT—www.beltone.ca — Celebrating their 75th anniversary as a leader in hearing care, Beltone has been in the forefront of efforts to educate the public about the impact and risks associated with untreated hearing loss.
“At Beltone, we’re deeply committed to improving the hearing health of Canadians nationwide says Frank Skubski, General Manager of Beltone Canada. That’s why we want as many people as possible to get their hearing checked during this month.
AN UNTREATED HEARING LOSS — A GROWING PROBLEM!
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health problem facing older adults. Approximately one-out of every four Canadians have hearing loss
In recent years, studies have documented the impact of untreated hearing loss, linking it to higher rates of depression, anxiety and social isolation. Alarming new research also found a strong link between hearing loss and the increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, neglecting hearing loss can accelerate its progression.
The good news is that wearing hearing aids can alleviate these psychological symptoms, positively affecting the quality of life for both the hearing aid wearer and his or her significant other. Plus, wearing hearing aids can keep hearing impairment from getting worse.
Because only about 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss, experts agree the best place to start is with a hearing evaluation by a licensed hearing care practitioner. Specifically, a baseline hearing screening is recommended beginning at age 50, followed by annual exams starting at age 55.
I0 TIPS TO LIMIT HEARING DAMAGE AND PRESERVE GOOD HEARING
1. Have an annual Hearing test given by your doctor.
2. Understand the sound levels of the noises in your environment.
3. Learn about proper ear protection. There are many kinds on the market today, ranging from custom ear molds to foam plugs and more.
4. Put physical distance between you and loud noise when it is present. If possible, stand at an angle from the noise, not directly in front of it.
5. Take breaks when you are exposed to noise.
6. When listening to music through headphones or earbuds, keep the volume low-to-medium.
7. Know the signs of hearing loss, and measure yourself against them.
8. Schedule a baseline hearing evaluation. Hearing loss is on the rise among Baby Boomers and young people. It’s never too early to get your hearing checked, but don’t wait past age 50.
9. If you have hearing loss caused by a reversible condition, take steps to correct it.
10. If any permanent hearing loss is diagnosed, choose hearing aids to slow it down, and preserve good hearing.
CANADIAN FACTS AND FIGURES ON HEARING LOSS- DID YOU KNOW:
- Nearly 1 out of every 4 adult Canadians reports having some hearing loss, although closer to 10% of people actually identify themselves as culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing. (CHS Awareness Survey 2002)
- 530,210 people in Ontario (4.74% of the population) are deaf or hard of hearing. (Canada Census 2006)
- Approximately 4 in 1,000 Canadian babies are born with some degree of hearing loss or will develop early progressive childhood hearing loss. (Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, 2007).
- Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older adults and the most widespread disability. Its prevalence rises with age – 46% of people aged 45 to 87 have hearing loss. (Cruickshanks et al. 1998)
- Aging is the number one cause of hearing loss and the incidence of hearing loss is poised to climb dramatically as our population ages. The number of older adults aged 65 and over in Ontario is projected to be 4.1 million, or 23.4%, by 2036.
- Canadians who identify themselves as culturally deaf comprise more than 350,000 people across Canada. (Canadian Association of the Deaf, 2007)
- According to Statistics Canada, more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability, a number more than 50% greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight (StatsCan, 2002). Other studies indicate that the true number may reach three million or more Canadian adults, as those suffering from hearing problems often under-report their condition.
Founded in 1940, Chicago-based Beltone is part of the GN Hearing Care Group, utilizing advanced technology to produce hearing aids sold in the United States, Canada and over 50 countries worldwide. In addition to providing outstanding service and support for its U.S. hearing care network operating in over 1,500 offices in North America, Beltone remains the most trusted brand for quality products and care among its patients and adults aged 50 and older. Visit Beltone at www.beltone.ca