May is Better Hearing Month at Rocky Mountain Audiology- since hearing loss occurs gradually, many people with a mild hearing loss do not realize they have a problem or that their hearing has changed. Hearing loss is an invisible condition and typically is not tested or discussed during routine physicals.
HEAR WELL. STAY VITAL. The ability to hear connects us to our world in many ways. From treasured
contact with friends and family to maximum performance in the workplace to physical safety. Hearing provides deep and important connections that no other sense can replace. Good hearing results in positive health outcomes, increases social engagement, improves communication, and lowers the risk of depression. Everyone should know the status of their hearing health and how to protect it over their lifetime. This starts with a hearing check.
Currently, more than one in ten Americans has some form of hearing loss. As the population of older adults increases in the United States, hearing loss will become an area of greater concern. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Yet in a 2019 national survey, 79% of respondents said it had been more than a year since they had their hearing checked and nearly a quarter of respondents reporting that they never had a hearing test.