The hearing loss statistics in the United States and around the globe are alarming. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):
- 750 Million adults worldwide, that’s 1 in 6 people, are living with hearing loss
- 40 Million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from hearing loss
- 1 Billion young people are at risk of hearing loss from using headphones at too high a volume
- 90-95% of people living with untreated hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids
- There is a significant association between high blood pressure and untreated hearing loss
- People with hearing loss are 30-40% more likely to experience faster cognitive decline
- 20% of people living with untreated hearing loss seek hearing help
Let’s Educate About Untreated Hearing Loss
How can this be? In a world of ever-evolving technology on the brink of new discoveries daily, how can we allow so many people to go on suffering silently? It is our goal at Physicians Hearing Solutions to spread the word about our Free Hearing Screening Community program. It’s very simple: Call us (401) 921-0181 to schedule a Complimentary Hearing Screening to find out what kind of hearing health you have. There is no fee for the office visit, or the hearing screening, and we do not bill your insurance.
Hearing Loss Facts
Although it is increasingly common as we age, hearing loss is often ignored during the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and memory disorders in elderly patients. Sadly, what many people do not understand is that there is a very strong connection between brain processing and hearing abilities. When untreated hearing loss keeps progressing, there can be a simultaneous occurrence of two chronic conditions: hearing loss and cognitive disorders
“Researchers using longitudinal data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Institute on Aging analyzed the relationship between vision impairment and hearing loss on quality of life in older adults, and they concluded that both hearing loss and vision impairment have a negative impact on health, social participation, and daily activities, and those individuals with a combination of both hearing loss and vision impairment (i.e., dual sensory impairment) experience the greatest difficulty (Crews & Campbell, 2004).” The take-away from several recent studies is that when both sensory systems are impaired, the individual is less able to compensate. This is also relevant in terms of dementia and early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease in relation to untreated and prolonged hearing loss.
Hearing Loss & Your Brain
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.
Did you know that the majority of people experiencing hearing loss do not wear hearing aids? That may have been acceptable 20 or even 30 years ago, but in our age over advanced technology, this is simply not the case today. In 2019 the number of people living with untreated hearing loss has increased substantially.
On average, it takes a person with hearing loss about seven years to seek treatment for their hearing loss. Unfortunately, that amount of time allows for a significant period of cognitive [brain] decline that could be prevented. People hear with more than just ears. We hear with our brain as well. Hearing loss can cause the connections in our brain to become reordered and confused. Hearing aids can help by preventing this reordering from occurring.
Hearing Help in Rhode Island
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, we offer specialized hearing help from determining a hearing loss to finding the right hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. Physicians Hearing Solutions also offers patients the choice of seeing one of our professionals. Our hearing healthcare professionals offer patients a clear path to better hearing health combined with specialized hearing support services. Each of the Physicians Hearing Solutions team member’s value providing a superior patient experience and quality hearing healthcare services to all patients, every time. Schedule your free hearing screening today: (401) 921-0181 or find us online at: www.phsdocs.com.
For more information about the connection between hearing loss and other health issues, please refer to some of our previous blogs through the links below.