Hearing loss is often seen as the ‘invisible condition,’ not because of the lack of visible symptoms, but because it has long been stigmatized in society.
For many years, it has been associated with ‘aging,’ when in fact it could be due to a range of factors, which is not necessarily age.
Except, the danger of undiagnosed hearing loss is that the more you ignore it, the bigger the problem will get.
In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 billion people globally live with some degree of hearing loss.
With this figure only expected to double by 2050, it has never been more important to promote the awareness of healthy hearing and encourage more people to get the help they deserve.
On March 3rd, we participated in World Hearing Day, organized by the World Health Organization, and used our important position, as audiologists, to spread the word.
Why Is Hearing Loss Such A Problem in The US?
The most dangerous thing about hearing loss is that it takes the average person 7-10 years to book themselves in for a hearing assessment.
Since practicing audiology, I have come across various hearing conditions and helped hundreds of patients across the North Houston area.
But what do they all have in common? They wish they had gotten help sooner.
With hearing so crucial to everyday communication, not only does it allow you to confidently engage in social interaction, but it provides the beacon towards making lasting connections.
Whether that’s through talking to your grandkids or hearing your loved ones when they shout for you, it’s always a good idea to start your journey early.
This year, World Hearing Day marked the launch of the first-ever World Report on Hearing – these are the key messages they pushed out for the general public:
- Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life.
- Hearing loss (and other related conditions) can be avoided through preventative actions such as protection against loud sounds, good ear care practices, and immunization.
- People at risk of hearing loss should regularly check their hearing.
How Can You Help Someone with A Hearing Loss?
Whether you have a friend or family member that is still reluctant to get help, taking the first step can be hard, and it’s important that you approach the subject with both sensitivity and empathy.
At North Houston Hearing Solutions, I have had many conversations with people who are experiencing hearing loss and have learned the devastating impact it has on their friendships, relationships, and possibly work life.
With friends and family often the first ones to pick it up, it can take many years of persuading before the individual themselves recognizes that they have a hearing loss problem.
When approaching the conversation, you must do your research and look up the different hearing aids that may cater to your loved one’s requirements.
Consider telling them about your story with hearing loss and how your hearing aids have changed your life – as I’m sure you wish someone did the same for you so many years ago!
If you know someone who has an undiagnosed hearing loss and is reluctant to get help, then point them to North Houston Hearing Solutions or give us a call at 281-444-9800.