Do You Want to Break Down the Stigma Around Hearing Loss? Tell Us Why and Win!
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Do you have loved ones with hearing loss? Do you wish they would do something about it? Do you wonder why people aren’t talking about it?
Share your story with us! ZoomerMedia and HearingLife want you to help end the stigma around hearing loss by telling us how it affects you on a daily basis.
Maybe you’ve addressed your own hearing loss, but you wish your friends would finally do the same.
Or maybe your partner refuses to get their hearing checked, and you’re tired of asking them to acknowledge the issue.
If these scenarios feel all too familiar, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is more common than you’d think – according to the World Health Organization, one in three people around the world over the age of 65 have it.
But on average, people wait 13 years to get help after learning of their hearing loss! This could be 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™!
Chosen responses will be featured in an upcoming media campaign.
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, there’s no reason to wait to do something about it.
HearingLife is Canada’s largest group of hearing centres with more than 300 locations, and they are now open nationwide! For more information: hearinglife.ca
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