May is Better Hearing Month, making it an appropriate time to educate the public about the link between hearing loss and a variety of different physical and mental health conditions.
“The research is out there and it is time to start paying attention to your ears,” states Dr. Shannon Aiello, Au.D. She continues, “When you really look at the multiple health conditions that hearing loss is associated with, it’s time for us as a society to really start paying attention and being proactive about hearing loss rather than writing it off as a harmless condition”
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States, affecting more than 9 million Americans over the age of 65 and 10 million Americans age 45 to 64. However, 3 out of 5 older Americans with hearing loss and 6 out of 7 middle-aged Americans with hearing loss do not use hearing aids.
Dr. Neil W. Aiello, Au.D, summarizes, “It is our responsibility as Doctors of Audiology to not only test and treat hearing loss, but to educate and empower people with untreated hearing loss; to be proactive and take charge of their hearing health. When you look at the potential consequences of untreated hearing loss, it is obvious that hearing loss is now something to start taking very seriously. Yearly, we check our eyes and teeth; our goal to add ears to that list.”