According to World Health Organization estimates, the gap between those who could benefit from hearing aids and those who actually use one is significant, with only about 17% getting the help they need.
Worse yet, many individuals with a high risk for developing hearing loss take part in regular hearing screenings, further complicating the damage realized by leaving the condition untreated.
As the WHO rolled out its World Hearing Day on March 3rd, 2021, its purpose was to encourage individuals, organizations, and communities to promote hearing screenings and hearing care solutions.
Because we are passionate about providing better hearing care to those affected by hearing loss in the North Bay area, we’re doing our part to promote this worthy cause.
Critical Issues Related to Leaving Hearing Loss Untreated
The WHO’s 2021 campaign theme, “Hearing Care for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate,” communicates its global focus of promoting better hearing care worldwide.
Because the number of individuals experiencing hearing loss is expected to rise from 1.5 billion people today to 2.5 billion by 2050, untreated hearing loss is a worldwide threat that must be addressed by raising awareness of several key issues like:
- Most people wait 7 to 10 years to schedule a hearing assessment after first experiencing hearing loss.
- People give dental care, eye exams, cholesterol, blood pressure checks, and annual physicals greater priority over hearing tests even though hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the US.
- Hearing loss is no respecter of age; it affects both young and old.
- Potential damage due to ongoing exposure to loud noise can be prevented using proper hearing protection and better listening habits.
- Leaving hearing loss untreated can reduce cognitive function, depression, anxiety, poor balance, decreased productivity, and strained relationships.
- Misconceptions that hearing aids are bulky, unsightly, and frustrating to deal with are stigmas that continue to cause people to avoid having their hearing checked.
With their 2021 campaign, the WHO encourages screening, rehabilitation, and better communication worldwide, but we also have a responsibility in our local community to encourage our family, friends, and neighbors to take hearing loss and hearing care more seriously.
How Can You Take Part in Spreading the Word?
The fact that one out of every four people you know has some level of hearing loss should provide you with plenty of motivation. Most of us neither expect to experience hearing loss nor recognize its signs until it becomes difficult to communicate with those around us.
Overcoming the challenges of hearing loss include raising the awareness of family, friends, and neighbors concerning the harmful impact hearing loss can have on our lives and letting people know that professional hearing care provides a better quality of life to those affected by it.
Help others to understand that the journey to better hearing begins with scheduling a hearing assessment.
Park Place Hearing Center Is the Place to Start
The misconceptions you or those around you have about hearing aids and hearing care pale compared to the risks associated with leaving your hearing loss untreated, especially when there are adequate prevention and treatment options to address it readily available.
At Park Place Hearing Center, the team and I concern ourselves with helping those already affected by hearing loss or at risk of doing further damage to their hearing understand the solutions available to them.
If you or a loved one wants to start your journey toward better hearing health, contact us at our Petaluma or San Rafael center to schedule a hearing assessment, or request a callback.