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Do you care for someone with hearing loss? Is there something you wish others understood about that experience? Do you wish more people would talk about it?
Tell us your reasons why! ZoomerMedia and HearingLife want you to share your stories about how hearing loss affects you on a daily basis.
“Dinner dates with my wife would be much more fun if I didn’t have to repeat myself over and over.”
“I think our grandkids find our catch-ups to be a bit of a drag because we can hardly hear them over the phone.”
“Thank goodness Netflix has subtitles!”
If these scenarios feel all too familiar, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is more common than you think – according to the World Health Organization, one in three people around the world over the age of 65 have it.
But it may seem like the people you care for aren’t addressing it. On average, people wait 13 years to get help after learning of their hearing loss, perhaps due to fear or stigma around it.
Share your reasons why you want to break down that stigma – and you’ll get a chance to win one of three giveaways of a Fitbit Charge 4™!
Did you know:
Hearing loss can increase your risk of cognitive decline
Even a mild case can double your risk. The sooner you seek treatment, the better the outcome.
It’s linked to other diseases
Living with hearing loss could increase your risk of a stroke by 30%, and your risk of a heart attack by 36%, according to research.
Untreated hearing loss has a global cost of $750 billion, according to the WHO. But it can cost you individually, too – it’s linked to lower salaries and slower career progression.
Physicians rarely test for it
Only 16% of doctors routinely screen for hearing loss, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication.
The noise around you is often the cause
Repeated exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing damage, according to the New York Times. That’s roughly 85 decibels or higher, which is the sound produced by heavy city traffic.
You can self-evaluate online
Hearing Life’s online hearing test will give you an indication of how well you hear, using questions, a tone test and a few listening scenarios.
If you think someone you love has hearing loss, don’t let them wait to do something about it.
HearingLife clinics are now open nationwide. Visit a location near you for a hearing test. For more information: hearinglife.ca
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