Hearing Loss and Quality of Life
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States with more than 19 million Americans aged 45 and over experiencing hearing loss. The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) released a ground breaking study that demonstrated the significant impact that untreated hearing loss had on an individual's emotional and social well-being. Individuals with untreated loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, irritability, anger and were less likely to participate in organized social activities.
» Hearing Loss Facts
» Common Signs of Hearing Loss
- 32 million people in the US have a hearing loss
- By age 65, one out of three people have a hearing loss
- Symptoms of uncorrected hearing loss mimic outward behavior characteristics of early onset Alzheimer's disease
- Hearing deficits, when uncorrected, can exacerbate memory and cognitive disorders
- 75% of people who could benefit from hearing aids are not using them
- You may hear but not understand people
- You may have difficulty understanding radio, television or public address systems
- You need to watch a person's lips in order to understand
- You find yourself asking people to repeat what they have said
- You may pretend to understand
- You may avoid people and isolate yourself
- You may find it emotionally and physically exhausting to communicate
- It appears that you are the only one who has these difficulties
- You may experience ringing or buzzing noises in your ears
- Your ears may feel clogged or full
- You may experience difficulty in the presence of background noise
» Links to other helpful sites:
- The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists
- The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
- Widex is one of the world's most respected manufacturers of hearing instruments. Visit the Learning Center for information on hearing aids
- The American Tinnutis Association's mission is to cure tinnutis through the development of resources that advance tinnutis research.
- Healthy Hearing is a leading online resource for hearing health information. Their goal is to provide high quality content that is understandable and inspirational.
- The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) offers help to people with vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders.
- The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication's Disorder (NIH) As part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the goal of NIH research is to aquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability.
- The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.
- The American Board of Audiology (ABA), an autonomous organization, is dedicated to enhancing audiologic services to the public by promulgating universally recognizedstandards in professional practice.
- AudiologyNet is an audiology and hearing healthcare informational web site dedicated to providing web site links in audiology for patients, family members, students, and healthcare providers.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. Its mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. It is a wonderful resource for individuals who are living with hearing loss.
New York City Chapter
Starkey Technologies is an American owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer that offers state of the art hearing solutions to patients with hearing loss. Included in the product line are the new made for iPhone hearing aids. Through the Starkey Foundation, Starkey conducts missions in the United States and around the world to bring the gift of hearing to those in need.