May is Better Hearing Month

May 18, 2007

May is Better Hearing Month, a month dedicated to educating people about the need to assure that their hearing is healthy. This year, the audiology clinic at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center joined with the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) to focus attention on educating baby boomers about hearing loss and what they can do about it.

Baby boomers, those born between 1947 and 1964, may be particularly susceptible to hearing loss because of their lifelong exposure to loud music and other noises. Research shows that when people cannot hear properly, they make less money and their inability to hear can disrupt family life.

The good news is that hearing loss can easily be diagnosed, and for most people, there are solutions in the form of digital and programmable hearing aids, many of which are not visible.

Many people associate hearing loss with advancing age. In fact, hearing loss is also associated with exposure to loud noises, something that some baby boomers have faced since childhood. According to the Better Hearing Institute, two-thirds of people with hearing loss are younger than retirement age.

Symptoms of hearing loss include not being able to hear well in a crowded room or restaurant, having to ask friends to repeat what they are saying or not being able to hear sounds that others seem to be able to hear better.

Surveys published by BHI, a not-for-profit organization that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it, have found that an overwhelming majority (93 percent) of consumers with hearing devices say the devices have improved their quality of life.

To contact the audiology clinic, call (717) 531-7171. Medical Center and college employees and their immediate family members are eligible for a discount on hearing aid purchases.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009