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According to the American Academy of Audiology, 36 million Americans experience hearing loss and “95% of Americans with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.”
Hearing a loved one’s voice, or the engine of an approaching car – these are all sounds many of us take for granted. And when you lose the natural ability to hear and understand the sounds and voices around you, it can be devastating. Loss of hearing is a medical condition that can impact your wellbeing in all aspects of life.
In fact, studies link untreated hearing loss to:
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health
Data gathered from Better Hearing Institute (hearusa.com)
As a teenager, Ramona Jensen had to have tubes inserted in her ears. Unfortunately, the procedure caused scarring on her eardrums. As an adult, “It wasn’t long after that that I got a significant change in my hearing,” she remembers, “but my mother didn’t have the money to do anything about it.” “I was able to work around it with little tricks. But recently it was affecting my work and they were threatening to fire me because of the problems it was causing.” In fact, life was getting dangerous. “Once I went to the hardware store and I didn’t hear this truck and stepped out right in front of it. I could literally reach out and touch the bumper where he stopped.” Ramona had a Facebook friend who had hearing aids. “He worked at a grocery store, and I knew he didn’t have a lot of money, so I asked him how he did it, and he said it was through a nonprofit. My sister went online to look and found out about LSH. “I contacted your organization and within less than two months I had my hearing aids.” — Ramona Jensen
Most people with partial hearing loss are good candidates for hearing aids.
- About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
- Men are more likely than women to report having hearing loss.
- One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
- Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them.
- 16% of adults aged 20 to 69 who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.
- Only about one in 5-7 people who could benefit from hearing aids uses them.
If you have partial hearing loss, we encourage you to have your hearing tested to see if you need hearing aids and what type would be best for you. Early signs of hearing loss can be difficult to identify.
Need hearing aids and can’t afford them? Many people don’t realize that Medicare does not pay for hearing aids.
“As the Baby Boomer generation ages, we are looking at a potential epidemic on the hearing side,” says Randy Stein, CEO of LSH Foundation. “It’s important that we address this invisible problem.”
Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation might be able to help with the cost of your hearing aids.
To find out if you qualify go to How Do I Qualify or call us at 800-647-6638.