Hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition in older adults, and the most widespread disability. Statistics Canada* estimates that 54% of Canadians aged 40 to 79 years (over eight million) have at least mild hearing loss in the high-frequency range.
Social and health consequences associated with diminished hearing include embarrassment, fatigue, anxiety, depression, social isolation, falls, cognitive decline and dementia – in short, a significantly reduced quality of life. A landmark study published in The Lancet in August 2020 found that untreated hearing loss is the number one modifiable risk for developing dementia.
Some common but often underappreciated signs of age-related hearing loss are:
• Difficulty hearing conversations well in noisy or crowded rooms
• Other people seeming to mumble or speak too softly
• Having to often ask people to repeat themselves
• Finding it difficult to understand a person from another room
• Finding oneself having to lip-read to understand conversation
• Having to turn up the volume of the TV or radio
Hearing loss tends to happen gradually as we age – sometimes so slowly that the person with hearing loss may not even realize how much they are missing. Often, it is family members who first notice the signs of hearing loss and the communication challenges on the family.
At Hearing Well Matters, the health of patients is our top priority and we have put in place mandatory anti-infective measures. These include comprehensive hand-washing, regular and stringent disinfection of our state-of-the-art hearing test facility, required use of surgical masks and gloves by both hearing professionals and patients, and scheduling all appointments on a one-on-one basis with significant time gaps between for cleaning, and no walk-ins.
The first step to treating hearing loss is a hearing test. Hearing Well Matters is now offering complimentary hearing tests to seniors in Burlington. If you recognize any of the above signs of possible hearing loss, and would like to book a free hearing test for a parent or grandparent, please call us at 905-681-HEAR (4327), or email us at [email protected]
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“HEAR for the HOLIDAYS” OPEN HOUSE EVENT
Monday, December 6th to Friday, December 10th
During this event, you’ll enjoy special offers and savings:
• FREE Hearing Screening
• FREE Listening Demonstration
• FREE Hearing Consultation
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