On World Hearing Day 2020, Sonus wants to highlight some important hearing facts!
Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss; 34 million of these are children.
Early intervention is key:
Hearing loss can occur at any time of life. Illness, ear infections, head injury, certain medications, and exposure to loud noise are all potential causes of hearing loss. In particular, recurring ear infections may negatively affect language development because of the resultant fluctuating hearing loss’ lack of steady auditory input necessary for speech and language development.
Ten symptoms of hearing loss:
Asking for repetition
Avoiding social situations that may be too noisy
Difficulty hearing and understanding children and women
Others complaining that you are not hearing well
Perception that most people mumble/or don’t enunciate well
Ringing in the ears
Trouble hearing in noisy environments
Trouble hearing on the phone
Turning up the television too loud
Unable to understand what people are saying when they are not looking at you
Hearing loss increases the risk of accidental injuries:
An analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey found that, over an eight year period (2007 – 2015), people who reported that they had “a lot of trouble” hearing ended up being twice as likely to have an accidental injury — both at work and leisure — as people who reported no trouble hearing.
Hearing loss increases your risk of social isolation:
Hearing loss is a major contributor to social isolation, and it makes sense when you think about it. It’s not unusual, as hearing becomes challenging, for people to avoid social, business or transactional situations where interaction is key — and to instead withdraw and isolate themselves from social activities.
There is no wrong time to get your hearing tested!
Sonus offers free hearing tests and consultations where we will discuss the results from your test and the best course of action for your individual hearing needs. Give us a call at (888) 574-6776 or request an appointment here.