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Greater impact than expected
The ear is our gateway to the world. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are suffering from hearing impairment as a result of aging or environmental noise exposure. It is estimated that around the world, approximately 35% of people over the age of sixty have some degree of hearing loss. But age-related hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process.
Most people suffering from hearing loss don't even know it. They think other people are speaking too fast, not speaking loudly enough, or mumbling their words. This is because Age-related hearing loss slowly progress over time, so the person does not even know they are slowly losing their hearing and they place the blame on others.
Hearing loss can have a detrimental effect on everyone. Those directly affected with hearing loss increasingly lack confidence when in the company of others and according to recent research face an increased risk of clinical depression, dementia and falling. This insidious process often puts a strain on relations with loved ones and friends.
Since hearing loss slowly progresses, adults should have their hearing screened every year. Patients failing a hearing screening, which only takes about 30 seconds, should then have their hearing tested. Typically, what holds people back from having a hearing test is the fear of a negative test result ("Is there something wrong with me now?"), procrastination ("I can always do it later"), misconceptions ("hearing aids are big and ugly, aren't they?") or a negative image ("People who wear hearing aids are old"). Visit one of our GOhear physician providers to learn more