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Online Hearing Test

Watch the video above and note how well you can hear and understand what’s being said.

Throughout the month of May—which has been Better Hearing and Speech Month—we’ve been educating our followers about hearing issues, like noise induced hearing loss, the connection between diabetes and hearing loss, and ototoxic hearing loss. The above video represents what we believe is one of the most basic misunderstandings about hearing loss. Hearing loss is not just the loss of “volume.” It can also manifest itself as muddied or garbled understanding of speech–especially in situations with a high level of background or ambient noise.

We hope that by getting more people to think about hearing loss, we might be able to help more people recognize early hearing loss and get it treated as soon as possible.

Hearing Loss Affects More Than Just the Volume

Hearing loss isn’t just having the volume turned down on your hearing. It also affects the way you hear and process language. Many people with hearing loss can “hear” someone else talking in a crowded public place, but they have difficulty separating certain words and differentiating between some of the sounds we make when we talk.

When you’re watching the video above, can you understand what’s being said or are you missing bits and piece here and there? Does the voice get garbled or muddled? If so, maybe it’s time to think about getting a hearing exam.

Widespread Hearing Loss

There are 38 million to 48 million people in the US that suffer from some degree of hearing loss. But the stigma surrounding hearing loss makes it seems as if hearing loss is just a small problem that only affects a few people who are in their twilight years.

IN TRUTH, 1 IN 3 PEOPLE OVER 65 HAVE SOME HEARING LOSS

AND 14% OF PEOPLE 45-64 HAVE HEARING LOSS.

ADDITIONALLY, 60% OF THOSE WITH HEARING LOSS ARE STILL IN THE WORKFORCE

These are not the stereotypical geezers we normally picture when we think about hearing loss.

The Rising Numbers of Hearing Loss

The number of people with hearing loss is also on the rise. Between 2005 and 2008, the number of Americans with hearing loss rose from 31.5 to 35 million. That growth represents a 9% increase in the number of people with hearing loss, while the population grew by just 4.5%. At current rates, as many as 52.9 million Americans could have hearing loss by 2050. (source)

What can you do about hearing loss?

Because of the stereotype of the old codger with hearing aids, many people are reluctant to admit they have hearing loss. But early detection and treatment can help you keep your hearing as long as possible. Although living with hearing aids may seem like a burden, living without them can cause isolation, anger, and frustration as people try to navigate the world without the full use of a sense they once had.

Untreated hearing loss has even been linked with the onset of dementia and shown to contribute todepression in older adults.

Hearing Loss Treatment

At TruHearing, we’re dedicated to helping people get the best price on hearing aids so they can live longer hearing the sounds that make life more fulfilling—and less frustrating.

TruHearing is an exclusive hearing aid savings program for members of participating health insurance plans. To find out more about the program and if your health insurance participates, visit TruHearing.com

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