(New York, NY, May 1, 2021) The office of Dominick Servedio, AuD, Barbara Grossman, AuD and the American Academy of Audiology announce that May is National Better Hearing Month.
To commemorate this year’s theme of building connections for Better Speech and Hearing Month, the office of Dominick Servedio, AuD and Barbara Grossman AuD have partnered with the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund to help provide hearing aids to those individuals that cannot afford the cost. The foundation refurbishes used hearing aids and donates them to people who are prescreened and qualify for assistance.
Please join us this year for May is Better Speech and Hearing months BUILDING CONNECTIONS by donating your unused hearing aids. More information on how to participate can be found at https://advancedaudiology.net/donate-your-unused-hearing-aids/
In this new normal, mask wearing has forced many of the 37.5 million Americans with hearing loss to face their hearing loss. Often people will compensate by reading lips and may not realize, or acknowledge, the hearing loss. During COVID-19, the number of Americans seeking audiologists has increased.
Hearing loss causes many to feel isolated. Large numbers of the population experience hearing loss, according to a 2016 study by the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69, have some trouble with hearing and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids. As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges. Growing numbers of younger Americans are also reporting hearing problems.
While age is still the greatest factor in hearing loss, many younger people also experience hearing problems due to exposure to loud music and noises including occupational noise. Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) have used them.
“Research demonstrates that untreated hearing loss in seniors is related to poor health outcomes including increasing the odds of falling,” said Barbara Grossman, AuD “mild hearing loss are at Research indicates that seniors with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop cognitive decline up to 40% faster than those without hearing loss.
More info on Hearing Health can be found at www.advancedaudiology.net