20 percent of the U.S. adult population has some form of hearing loss. That’s 48 million people, according the Hearing Loss Association of America. Additionally, at age 65, the percentage increases to 33%, as one out of every three people age 65 has hearing loss.
Hearing loss represents the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.
But the biggest problem isn’t hearing loss, it’s that people who have it don’t do anything about it. They live with it and suffer the consequences. Sure, having a stiff upper lip, and putting up with misery might have been the only option 100 years ago, but not today when there are so many solutions that work.
Yet only 20% of those who could benefit from treatment seek help for their hearing loss. And the people who do seek help often wait 5 to 7 years before getting tested, and then on average wait an additional 10 years after their diagnosis before purchasing a hearing aid.
Should you wait to get your hearing loss treated?
Hearing is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition, and as hearing deteriorates, it only gets worse over
time. Researchers have a name for this: they call it adult onset auditory deprivation.
What this means is that the sooner you treat your hearing loss, the better the outcome. Early intervention can preserve more of the hearing you still have while recovering more of the hearing you’ve lost.
Think of it this way: if you had vision problems, would you wait 10 years to get glasses, allowing your vision to deteriorate further? More than likely, you’d immediately see the eye doctor for prescription lenses. Why should your hearing be any less important?
If you think you have hearing loss, it’s wise to get tested as soon as possible.
And if you still need persuading, read on to discover the dangerous consequences untreated hearing loss has been linked to by recent research.