Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage those of us over 50 to take personal responsibility for our health. It’s a great time to take small steps to lead longer, healthier, and happier lives. Those steps include visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and screenings, including hearing screenings.
Unaddressed hearing loss is one of the most under-recognized health issues in America today. Yet, hearing health affects virtually every aspect of our lives. It affects our quality of life and well being. It affects how well we are able to communicate with others, including healthcare providers.
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory, increased risk to personal safety, fatigue, stress, depression, and diminished overall health. Over time, if one’s brain is not stimulated by speech due to a hearing loss, the brain starts to lose its ability to understand sounds, especially complex speech sounds.
The majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Hearing aids help reduce the cognitive burden while listening. Two hearing aids help improve the processing of speech sounds and increase the ability to tell where a sound is coming from.
Advances in digital technology have dramatically improved hearing aids in recent years, making them smaller and with better sound quality. Some are even invisible.
Audiologists Laurie DeWine and Stefanie Godbey are helping to celebrate Healthy Aging Month with FREE hearing screenings September 19-23, 2016 for persons over the age of 50.