A major retirement wave began in 2011 when the ﬁrst of the Baby Boomers turned 65. The number of Americans over 65 will more than double, from 34.8 million in 2000 to 70.3 million in 2030.
With statistics like that, you would think only Baby Boomers would have hearing loss. Not true!
While hearing loss is a normal part of aging, the largest age group with hearing loss are people between 18 and 64—about 19 million people compared to 14 million of retirement age!
Today, one if five teens has some form of hearing loss—a rate that is 30% higher than in the 1980s and 1990s! Overall, more than 10 million Americans are experiencing hearing loss due to irreversible damage to their hearing from noise.
Regardless of your age, be passionate about your hearing health! You are never too young (or old) to get a hearing screening. Hearing loss is an inevitable part of aging, but approximately 95% of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. According to Elizabeth Cook, Total Hearing Care Chief Audiologist, “Only about 15 percent of general practitioners routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical exam. Total Hearing Care offers free hearing screenings at all of our clinics, and we encourage people to make annual hearing screenings part of their overall health care.” She recommends that people schedule their free annual hearing screening while making their annual physical appointment.
Digital technology has made hearing devices nearly invisible. Some even use Bluetooth technology to turn your hearing aids into a wireless headset so you can more easily hear your TV, listen to music, and even take phone calls directly through your hearing device!
Whether you are part of the older generation now, will be in the not too distant future, or know of a younger person who may need help with their hearing, plan on having a hearing screening as part of your overall health care. Taking control of your hearing means taking control of your life.
Total Hearing Care has 36 locations in New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Learn more at www.njhearingaids.com or by calling 1-855-YOU-HEAR (968-4327).