Hearing Loss in Adults
More than half of Canadians over the age of 65 will experience some degree of hearing loss. However, many people are now showing signs of hearing loss in their 30s and 40s!
More than 25% of all hearing loss can be attributed to aging, a condition known as presbycusis and a rapidly growing percentage of adult hearing loss is caused by noise damage. While we can’t stop growing older, we can reduce our risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
According to the National Academy on an Aging Society (the policy institute of The Gerontological Society of America), hearing loss can have a profound impact on emotional, physical and social well-being. Untreated, hearing loss can lead to depression, dissatisfaction with life, reduced functional and cognitive health, and withdrawal from social activities.
Although studies show using hearing aids can improve the quality of life for hard-of-hearing adults, two-thirds of seniors who could benefit from hearing help either do not seek it or refuse treatment.