Growing old gracefully, isn't that what we all want to do?
We want to stay healthy, we make efforts to get our annual mammograms, colonoscopies every five years, cholesterol and blood work done to look at internal health, but how often do we get our hearing checked? The answer should be annually just like your annual visit to the dentist for a regular check-up.
Unfortunately, many adults do not get regular audiometric tests, probably because it is just not perceived as a problem.
According to a recent study, 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. That is nearly 1 in 6 have some degree of hearing loss and that is only in those that admit or have diagnosed it. More and more studies are showing that even mild hearing loss leads to isolation, depression, and anxiety and doubles our chances for dementia and falls. As Helen Keller said, "Visual impairment blindness isolates people from things but hearing loss, isolates people from people."