When you think about eyeglasses, what do you think? Most likely you will think of your own pair or those of a loved one. If you like fashion, you may think of some you have seen in a magazine or on your favorite celebrity. You definitely do not think of old age.
But what do you think of hearing aids? It is probably a different story.
In the United States, 14 million people 12 years or older have a vision impairment. 30 million people 12 years or older have hearing loss – that’s one out of every eight people. Both eyeglasses and hearing aids correct a sense impairment, so why are eyeglasses a fashion statement, but it takes, on average, seven years for someone to get their hearing tested after noticing a change in their hearing?
The idea of hearing loss affecting you when you are older is simply not true. Here are some statistics to prove our point:
- 2 to 3 of every 1,000 U.S. babies are born with a detectable hearing loss.
- According to the World Health Organization, millennials risk hearing loss because of damaging volumes via personal audio devices.
- About 1 in 7 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69 has hearing loss.
Clearly, hearing loss leaves no age group untouched. But the stigma of hearing aids remains, and only 1 in 5 people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. The technology today is a far cry than the hearing aids 20 years ago. The digital age of today is sleek and discreet, minimizes background noise, improves speech clarity and focuses on your conversation partner rather than the noise behind you. If you have noticed any changes in your hearing in the last few years, regardless of your age, it’s important to have your hearing checked by a hearing professional. Contact us today to learn more!