Hearing loss: No, it’s not just you

hearing lossYou’re experiencing hearing loss, and you assume it’s just you. But it’s not just you. More than 34 million Americans have hearing loss. That’s one out of every nine of us.

That’s important for you to know if you are experiencing hearing issues. It can help to know that you are not alone.

Hearing loss occurs naturally as people get older, but it’s not just seniors who are affected. Changes to one’s hearing can begin to occur for many when they reach their 30s and 40s, and while approximately 30 percent of people over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, more than 65 percent of those who experience hearing loss do so before retirement age.

About 15 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 41-59) and 7 percent of Generation Xers (ages 29-4) already have significant issues with their hearing.

Because hearing loss occurs so gradually, its effects are sometimes not immediately obvious, especially when it comes to recognizing a change in one’s own hearing. Often it’s a friend, family member or co-worker that points it out, and even then it can be hard to believe that it’s happening to you.

Taking care of your hearing is your responsibility. It’s up to you to be alert to the signs and have your hearing checked if you suspect that your hearing may be changing.

 

Dealing with hearing loss

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia is offering complimentary hearing screenings at its six locations in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Covington, Culpeper, Fishersville, Harrisonburg, and Lexington.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (888) 512-1164.

More online at www.HearVirginia.com.

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