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Hearing Loss and Prevention

By age 50 most people experience some form of hearing loss ranging from mild to severe. Whether you’re curious about the health of your hearing or suspect some hearing loss or you’re looking for ways to improve your hearing, we are one of the many ways to get the information you need. 

What is it?

What do I need to know about hearing loss? 

Like most medical conditions, it’s nice to know as much as you can about hearing loss before you decide if you need treatment. If you’d like to know what constitutes a hearing loss or learn more about hearing loss and prevention in general, then the Awareness path is right for you.

Hear the World Foundation By Hear the World Foundation

Founded in 2006 by Sonova Group, the Hear the World Foundation supports projects around the world enabling children with hearing loss to develop appropriate to their age. The foundation focuses on projects in low- to middle-income countries which give children with hearing loss access to audiological care.

Hear Well By Hear Well

In recent research by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), it was found that on average, people wait four years before acting on their hearing loss after they notice there may be an issue. During this time, many people rely on coping mechanisms such as avoiding certain social situations, hobbies, and phone conversations, asking others to repeat themselves or speak louder, as well as adjusting the volume on the TV and other electronics.

Guide to Adult Hearing Care By American Academy of Audiology

Download the in-depth resource below or continue reading to learn more. If you suspect you or a loved has hearing loss, make an appointment with an audiologist.

How big an issue is this for me?

How can I find out if my hearing is impaired? 

Typically, hearing loss is gradual, and can come about over time due to physical, genetic, or environmental issues. As a result, you may not realize that you have a hearing problem. Or if you suspect that you do, you may not know to what degree. In any case, if you’d like to learn more about the hearing evaluation options available to you, then the Assessment path opens those doors for you.

Mimi Hearing Assessment App By Bob Smith, PhD

Test your hearing with the Mimi Hearing Assessment App. Through Mimi, you take a 6-minute hearing assessment to discover how well you hear, if one ear hears better than the other, and it can even compare your hearing to others in your age group.

Take 3 for Me Hearing Challenge By Hear Well

Healthy hearing results in positive health outcomes, increases social engagement, improves communication, and lowers the risk of depression and cognitive decline. The “Take 3 for Me Hearing Challenge” allows you to screen your hearing ability and receive a hearing health score. 

National Hearing Test By National Hearing Test

The National Hearing Test offers an independent hearing screening you can take from the comfort of your home. This test was developed and validated with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What solutions are available to me?

What can I do to address my hearing loss?

Once you’ve confirmed that you have hearing loss, it’s important to address the issue immediately so that it doesn’t get worse. New advancements in audiology have provided some great options that can prevent further loss, or even improve the hearing you have left. If you’d like to explore the hearing enhancement opportunities available to you, then travel down the Solutions path.

Bose OTC Hearing Augmentation

One of the most significant upgrades to hearing aid technology today is the use of artificial intelligence. AI is a diverse tool that is helping many businesses, doctors, and educators to do more with better access to data and insights. Artificial intelligence in hearing aids is a fascinating tool, and for those who are looking for a more effective way to get better performance out of their hearing aids, this could be the ideal upgrade.