Many adults with trouble hearing have not recently seen a healthcare provider

Just last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) devoted one of its monthly Vital Signs reports to noise-induced hearing loss. Each month, Vital Signscovers “an important health threat” and, as the CDC notes, hearing loss is the “third most common chronic health condition in the U.S.”
 
The report goes on to share many alarming facts and statistics. One that stood out — despite research showing links between untreated hearing loss and increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, hospitalizations, and even dementia — was: 

Nearly half of adults who reported trouble hearing had not “seen a healthcare provider for their hearing in the past five years.”

Maybe this additional bullet from the report explains why: “People delay reporting a hearing loss because they don’t know or won’t admit they have a problem.”
 
People who know they have hearing loss are more likely to seek help. That’s why recommending hearing screenings — whether online or in our office — should be a regular part of your outreach efforts.
 
Click here to download the Vital Signs report.

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