Less than 20 percent seek treatment and hearing aids. If you hear better, you’ll live better.
At age 65, one in three people has a hearing problem. And yet, hearing loss is not a “normal” part of aging. It can happen at any age and often affects more than just your ability to hear. Consider:
1. Hearing issues are twice as common among people with diabetes. And of the 79 million people who have prediabetes, the hearing loss rate is 30 percent higher than in people with normal blood sugar levels.
2. Untreated hearing loss can contribute to memory loss and dementia. The sooner you correct hearing issues with a hearing aid, the better chance you have at staving off dementia and other issues.
3. Hearing loss can change your relationships. You can begin to feel isolated, like you’re missing out on a conversation, or when people sound dismissive when they say “never mind.”
4. Increased hearing loss is linked to decreased earnings. Most jobs require some degree of interactive verbal communication. Hearing loss can interfere with your ability and performance.
5. Balance issues like vertigo are rooted in your ear. Do you ever feel dizzy or have blurred vision? Balance issues can have many causes, but some of them also affect your ability to hear.
Best advice: Work with an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist and an audiologist to find the best solution for you.
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