May is Better Hearing Month and Healthy Hearing is taking this opportunity to partner with the Hearing Health Foundation for Better Hearing Month to raise money and promote the importance of getting a hearing test. Healthy Hearing will donate $1 to the Hearing Health Foundation for every person who pledges to have their hearing tested.
What you can do
May has been designated as Better Hearing Month for more than 75 years, and provides a time to raise awareness within communities and erase the negative stigma surrounding the condition. In addition to taking the pledge to have your hearing tested and getting your hearing checked and encouraging other members of your community to do the same, this may be a great chance to talk to others about prevention, symptoms and solutions.
Who else is helping?
In addition to Healthy Hearing's role in this pledge and donation, there are several other organizations that are working to help promote and de-stigmatize hearing loss. We are working with the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to support ground-breaking research that can prevent and cure the debilitating illness.
Together, we can all make a difference, but we need your help and pledge to make great strides.
Individuals with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia, and the likelihood of getting this disease increases alongside one's loss of hearing. Hearing loss may also lead to depression and social isolation because people aren't able to contribute to conversations.
Family members and friends may be suffering without even realizing it, so help with the effort to support research and find a cure for this ailment.
After participating in the Hearing Health Foundation's pledge for hearing health, you'll receive a free guide to hearing loss. This guide will walk you through the symptoms and treatment options you and your loved ones have after getting your hearing examined. You can share your experiences through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and encourage others to do the same.
Did you know that despite the fact that nearly 50 million Americans have a certain level of hearing loss, it takes the average person seven to 10 years to get a hearing exam? That's a long time to suffer from the daily complications of hearing loss.
Not only does this condition affect the lives of seniors, as 72 percent of all people attending senior centers fail hearing tests, but 20 percent of all preschoolers also fail hearing screenings. Hearing loss is a condition that affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social status, but only 16 percent of physicians routinely check for hearing loss.
Encourage family members and friends to do the same. There's no better time than now.