Hearing loss doesn’t just affect older adults

Two-thirds of adults 70 and older and four-fifths of adults 85+ are affected by hearing loss. Those numbers are proof that the odds of having hearing loss increases as we age.

But hearing loss is hardly reserved for seniors. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), nearly 15 percent of American adults between 45 and 64 have hearing loss, and close to eight million between 18 and 44 deal with hearing loss, too.

Those statistics are why Vibrant Health recommends that anyone who suspects they may have hearing loss get screened. Here at Vibrant Health, it is mandatory to have a hearing screening by your primary care provider if you are 55 years of age or older.  For most, hearing loss is gradual and you may not realize the significance of your loss due to that gradual decline over the years.

Question: What happens if you fail the hearing screening?

Answer: Your provider will make a referral to our audiologist, Dr. Kirsten Daniels and you will have a complete hearing evaluation to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss and to what severity the hearing loss is presenting. Vibrant Health understands the importance of healthy hearing and is covering this appointment for our patients at no charge. Depending on the results, Dr. Daniels will make a recommendation to start the journey to better hearing.

Ignoring your hearing loss is not worth it

Vibrant Health is here for our patients and their overall health. If you have concerns about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, please call our clinic at 715-425-6701 to schedule an appointment with our audiologist, Dr. Kirsten Daniels.

Source: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association