Startling information about Older Adults (especially women) haven’t gotten checked for hearing loss.
The University of Michigan Health Lab has an an article titled: Most Older Adults, Especially Women, Haven’t Gotten Checked for Hearing Loss.
The article states that Eighty percent of Americans over 50 say their primary care doctor hasn’t asked about their hearing in the past two years, and nearly as many haven’t had their hearing checked by a professional in that same time, according to a new national poll report.
That’s despite a growing body of evidence about the importance of hearing to other aspects of life, from dementia and risk of falls to the ability to stay connected to friends and family.
Older adults who said they were in fair or poor physical or mental health overall were less likely to have had their hearing tested in the past two years. This was despite the fact that they were more likely to experience hearing issues.
“A person’s ability to hear greatly affects how they interact with other people, loved ones, and the environment around them,” says Alison Bryant, Ph.D., senior vice president of research for AARP. “It’s discouraging to learn that the majority of adults over 50 are not getting their hearing tested regularly, and may not know that their hearing is declining.”
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