3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam

3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam

(BPT) – When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?

The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That’s a shame, because research shows that hearing health is more closely tied to whole health and quality of life than previously understood – which means that diagnosing and treating hearing loss early may be beneficial on many fronts.

To help people take charge of their hearing health, BHI has created a free digital flipbook, ‘How to Talk to Your Doctor About Hearing Loss,’ which anyone can view and download at www.betterhearing.org/news/how-talk-your-doctor-about-hearing-loss.

The flipbook provides pertinent information to help consumers start the discussion, which is especially important because research shows that patients are more likely to initiate the conversation about hearing than their doctors are.

To go along with the free flipbook, BHI has put together this short list of reasons to speak up and start the conversation on your hearing:

1. Hearing loss has been linked to other significant health issues. In recent years, a flurry of studies has come out showing a link between hearing loss and other health issues, including depression, dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, moderate chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, obesity, an increased risk of falls, hospitalization and mortality, and cognitive decline. With so much new and emerging research, it makes sense for people to talk with their doctors about their hearing as a routine part of their medical care.

>2. Addressing hearing loss often has a positive impact on quality of life. Most people who currently wear hearing aids say it has helped their general ability to communicate, participate in group activities and their overall quality of life, according to BHI research. The research also shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic, feel engaged in life, get more pleasure in doing things, have a strong social network and are more likely to tackle problems actively. Many even say they feel more confident and better about themselves as a result of using hearing aids.

3. Leaving hearing loss untreated may come at a financial cost. Most hearing aid users in the workforce say it has helped their performance on the job. In fact, BHI research found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as $ 30,000 in income annually, the BHI research found. Health care spending may also be affected. For instance, middle-aged adults (55-64) with diagnosed hearing loss had substantially higher health care costs, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, indicating that hearing loss may place patients at risk for increased health care use and costs. The study authors suggested that early, successful intervention may prevent future hearing-related disabilities and decreased quality of life.

For more information on hearing loss, visit BetterHearing.org.


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13 Responses to “3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam”

  1. Nayr Tnartsipac Reply

    the quality of this mind is astonishing

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  2. Moustaki Reply

    "Our humanity transcends our categorization." Brilliant, Dr. Loury.

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  3. Ryan Christensen Reply

    Heavy shit bro.

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  4. Joey Burt Reply

    I did laugh when he said "Did you say de sade???"

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  5. Troy Bakeman Reply

    14:00 to skip that awkward story

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  6. tarstarkusz Reply

    11:20 I really hope he is going to address that stupid remark about [the] superficiality of race. Skin color and hair texture are superficial enough, granted, but they are superficial marking which indicate (geologically) recent ancestry. If a person comes across a blond haired blue-eyed person, they can reasonably assume they have recent European ancestry. It is this ancestry that is what forces the concept of race to persist regardless of how much effort everyone wants to get rid of it. If you know absolutely nothing about a person, knowing their race can give you statistical guidelines as to how this person is going to behave.

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  7. Jeanette Regan Reply

    Black lives will matter when Cop lives matter.if the blacks would be honest and look back at what brought them to where they are. I heard to many black mamas tell their kids whites owed them. I never owed any one anything other than my monthly bills. If the blacks would wean themselves from the demoncrats free stuff. I have worked all my life and raised my kids alone and never took nothing from any one. My jobs were small and I could not afford a lot of things my kids felt like they were entitled too. If one will not work and demand another care for us then there is a serious problem. I owe no one nothing I never owned a slave. So if you want black lives to matter then Make cops and others lives matter and not burn and do all kinds of destruction. The ones you hurt usually had nothing to do with any of the things you think is wrong but isn't. Black lives will never matter to me until cops lives do.

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  8. Military Man Reply

    Speaking as a person who grew up in a slum. What you call today the hood. I watched as we gained positions as judges, engineers, inventors, supreme court judge, astronauts, astronomers, professors, political advisers, lobbyists, wed developers, CIA, FBI, DIA, agents, ballet dancers, opera singers, olympians, teachers, singers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, reporters, journalists, authors, poets. I watched from afar because the people mainly, not all, but mainly didn't come from my background. Instead we had single mothers who had no time for their children. We were all mistakes and we knew it. Our mothers continued dating looking for that one man that would stay. Bringing them into our homes. We were all molested. I don't now one male or female I grew up with that didn't have some man try something or do something to us. Plus the beatings. Lots of beatings. Robberies, gangs trying to get us to join to sell for them cause we were young. Everyone I kew had no hope. Our parents were too hopeless to give us any. Bullies in schools made it impossible to go or you learned to fight. No one talked about the amazing things people of color were doing. They were jealous about it. I still have some of my old friends and we hated our lives growing up. We hated our mothers for looking for love. We still hate the men. They had no mercy for us. BLM is a farce. Drugs, alcohol, selfish people, who are so self absorbed and immature they refuse birth control and teach their children to fight the system and hate the police. They taught us that men in nice cars were to be admired. Not men who studied. In fact every child I knew who loved to read were eventually beat down by their parents. So as a person who lived it and watch it continue with the over stimulation of violent movies and rap I say f Soros. F all those people who talk about our plight and refuse to address the cause. The real cause. Bs refusing to use birth control in a country that practically gives it to you. In a coin try where they fought a war to end slavery while 2/3 of the world still have a robust slave trade. 45 million slaves in the world right now. And we sit here divided as Fuc going nowhere in a country where we could do anything if given half a chance by our own people. We are Americans. Not anything else. Divided we fall. Divided and arguing and petty we are weak. Can't blame no one else. But now Trump is in office so it might be too late.

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  9. dito7347 Reply

    Jeez, nobody could have given him a chair? The man is struggling to stand

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  10. David Huume Reply

    A bit dense in the beginning. Had to rewind a few times. Other than that, moving and interesting.

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  11. databang Reply

    During these tumultuous times I hope many more will appreciate listening to Mr. Loury's personal disposition within the vast black identity. His unique experience helps define black individuality amongst the heavy currents of today's tribalism in identity politics. Thank you Watson Institute!

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  12. Instynx Gaming Reply

    Extremely enlightened views on such a toxic subject. I wish 3 things:
    !. Anyone involved in any discussion on racism was made to watch this before opening their mouth.
    2. The people from point 1 were capable of understanding what was actually being said in this video.
    3. That the silly story at the beginning that he referred to as his 'opening gambit', was removed from the video as it is hard to follow, needlessly long-winded and very likely to lose viewers who would otherwise engage positively with the rest of his talk.

    All that aside, the more people who adopt this position on racism in general, the smaller the problem will become!

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  13. razzledc69 Reply

    too bad the data doesn't prove him to be correct

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