Save Your Ears

| June 8, 2014 | 6:00 am
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Hearing loss ranks as the third most common chronic condition among older Americans, affecting more than 48 million nationwide. The Hearing Loss Association of America and hi Health Innovations have teamed up to raise awareness about this problem and the challenges it poses for people in their everyday lives. When we have a difficult time hearing, it tends to create social isolation, and this is something we want to avoid or reduce the impact of, according to Noreen Gibbons – lead audiologist for hi Health Innovations.

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Gibbons adds it’s important to get people the help they need.

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Common signs of hearing loss include turning up the volume on the TV or radio to levels that others find too loud, having trouble hearing people on the phone, and difficulty following conversations in noisy environments.

 

Hearing Loss Association Press Release:

 

The Hearing Loss Association of America and hi HealthInnovations are working together to raise awareness of hearing loss. The two organizations have come together to produce a public service announcement about the importance of hearing loss prevention and treatment.

 

The 30-second and 60-second public service announcements, which are available in both English and Spanish, are being aired on radio stations nationwide. In addition, hi HealthInnovations is sharing information about hearing loss prevention and treatment via other channels, including in newspapers nationwide (a byline article), social media (Facebook and Twitter) and through media interviews.

 

Hearing loss ranks as the third most common chronic condition among older Americans, affecting more than 48 million Americans nationwide. The medical condition could become even more widespread in the future, in part because of an aging population and the frequent use of ear bud headphones to listen to music, which can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.

 

More than 85 percent of people who could benefit from using a hearing aid do not actually use them, often because of cost, limited knowledge, or lack of access to a hearing health professional. In fact, the average person with hearing loss waits more than seven years before seeking treatment.

 

Hearing loss can affect a person’s ability to stay connected to friends and family, contributing to social isolation, lower earnings and higher risk of falls.

 

There are many steps people can take to prevent hearing loss or treat the condition if they are currently experiencing it, including:

 

Follow the 60/60 rule, which means limiting the use of ear bud headphones to no more than 60 minutes at a time and no more than 60 percent of the player’s maximum volume.

 

Limit exposure to loud sounds, such as music, lawn mowers or motorcycles, to no more than 20 minutes at a time.  When attending concerts, or sporting events, consider wearing hearing protection. Studies have shown that consistent exposure to loud sounds above 100 decibels, as compared to a normal conversation of 60 decibels, can permanently affect hearing.

 

Talk to your doctor or hearing health professional and schedule a hearing test. Common signs of hearing loss include turning up the volume on the TV or radio to levels that others find too loud, having trouble hearing people on the phone, and difficulty following conversations in noisy environments.

 

hi HealthInnovations is a leading national hearing aid company that is improving the access and affordability of hearing aids. The company offers custom-programmed, digital hearing aids at significant discounts. The devices are delivered through a national staff and network of audiologists and hearing health professionals who provide hearing tests, fittings, seminars and counseling online, by phone and in person.

 

The high-tech hearing aids are available at a discount of up to 60 percent compared to similar devices sold through traditional channels, offering people access to customized hearing aids for under $1,000 per aid. Many custom-programmed hearing aids retail for more than $2,000 to $4,000 each.

 

hi HealthInnovations is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better.

 

For more information visit hihealthinnovations.com or call 1-855-523-9355.

 

The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss, and their families, to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

HLAA raises awareness about the prevention and treatment of hearing loss, as well as promotes positive public policy, research, and service delivery related to hearing loss through a network of representatives nationwide.

 

Among other programs, HLAA has an extensive network of chapters across the country  that offer regularly scheduled meetings and programs; they offer emotional support, camaraderie, tips, techniques for living well with hearing loss, and technical information about hearing assistive devices. Chapters provide a community of people with hearing loss who understand and are empathetic to your hearing loss.

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