October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect your Hearing Month. Both of these were established in order to increase public awareness of what audiology is and what audiologists do and the importance of hearing protection. Here are some quick facts on hearing loss that may persuade you to get your hearing checked today!
-An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss
-While more than have of these people are younger than the age of 65
-Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the U.S.
-1 in 3 people over 60 have hearing loss, while 1 in 2 people over 85 have hearing loss
Hearing loss does not only affect people who are over the age of 60! Children can also experience hearing loss at a young age.
-It is said that approx. 12% of all children ages 6-19 have some form of noise-induced hearing loss
-Many kids these days are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noises. Example, iPods, concerts, car radios, sporting events.
-Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent but is very preventable.
With that being said I have an appointment with my audiologist this Friday and I know my father who is affected by hearing loss and uses hearing aids to help increase his hearing has an appointment set up for next week. If you or a loved one has some form of hearing loss or has seen some signs of decreased hearing levels do not hesitate to set up an appointment to get checked out. By protecting your hearing today you could save your hearing for the future!
I hope everyone is having a great day and remember to get your hearing checked out!