As we embark on a new decade, what are your new years resolutions? Are they geared toward your health? Many of us tend to set specific goals focused on a healthier self. This might include, more exercise or a change in diet. But would you consider your hearing to be apart of a healthier you?
Did you know untreated hearing loss could put you at greater risk for long term health issues and even cost you more money in the long run? Many new studies suggest untreated hearing loss can be detrimental to you long term health as well as your pocketbook. Approximately 38 million Americans have hearing loss, two-thirds or those are 70 and above and less than 20% of these persons have and use hearing aids.
Why is treating your hearing loss so important? Untreated hearing loss puts you are greater risk for heart attack, cognitive decline, depression, social isolation and falls. All of these can put you at risk for greater health costs, such as extended hospital stays and surgeries. It is estimated that nearly 50% of those with untreated hearing loss can total additional health care costs of upwards to $25,000.
So, as we take on the next 10 years, I encourage you to keep your hearing health in mind. Protect your hearing as much as you can and if you have hearing loss, consider talking with a licensed Audiologist about the severity of your loss and possible treatment options.