Hearing loss can be caused by aging, as well as noise, disease and heredity. Although some people do experience age-related hearing loss, this does not mean that it should be left untreated. Unfortunately, many people who experience hearing loss purchase mail-order hearing devices and/or over-the-counter (OTC)hearing aids without consulting an Audiologist. Although some people may get lucky and such devices could be useful to them, the majority of people who purchase OTC hearing aids end up giving up on the devices due to inaccurate programming for their specific hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Research
Based on an abundance of hearing loss research over the last several years, researchers have determined that “older adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia than older adults with normal hearing capabilities. Cognitive abilities (including memory and concentration) decline faster in older adults with hearing loss than in older adults with normal hearing. Treating hearing problems may be important for cognitive health.” Hearing loss is a very common condition, especially in older adults. Although hearing loss can hugely impact many areas of your life, if you choose to leave your hearing loss untreated, it can be even more detrimental to living a long healthy brain life.
Do You Wear Your Hearing Aids?
Did you know that many people experiencing hearing loss give up and do not wear hearing aids? The increasing number of people living with hearing loss has increased substantially just over the past few years. In fact, less than a quarter of people with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing instruments wear them. On average, it takes a person with hearing loss about seven years to seek treatment for their hearing loss. Unfortunately, that period-of-time allows for a significant period of cognitive [brain] decline that could be prevented. Hearing loss can cause the connections in our brain to become reordered and confused. Hearing aids can help by preventing this reordering from occurring.
May is Better Hearing Month
For Better Hearing Month, our team of hearing health professionals at Physicians Hearing Solutions feel it is our duty to help encourage our community to stay up-to-date with their annual hearing health visits. This year, our team is giving away one set of Phonak hearing instruments to two lucky individuals in our local communities.
If you know someone who would benefit from a set of free Phonak Hearing Aids, please nominate that person to win our Spring into Better Hearing Contest!
How to Enter the Spring into Better Hearing Contest:
Step 1: Please include your first and last name, e-mail address and phone number with each entry.
Step 2: Please clearly identify the first and last name of the person you are nominating.
Step 3: In 300 words or less please explain to us why the person you are nominating would benefit from a set a free Phonak hearing aids.
Send the nomination to Physicians Hearing Solutions on or before Wednesday, May 15th, 2019. Email your story nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org Or mail your nomination to:
Physicians Hearing Solutions
Spring into Better Hearing Contest
3520 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886