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Hearing loss is linked to other important women’s health issues, but recognizing and addressing it can enhance well-being, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). BHI is urging women of all ages to take the free, quick, and confidential online BHI Hearing Check at www.BetterHearing.org during National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17). Anyone can take the online survey to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health professional.
In the United States today, as many as one-third of women in their 50s have some degree of hearing loss, along with nearly two-thirds of women in their 60s. A 2008 study also found that the prevalence of hearing loss among younger adults, specifically among those in their 20s and 30s, is increasing. Fortunately, for the vast majority of people with hearing loss, hearing aids can help.
Hearing loss is extremely common and can be much more disabling than people realize, said Sharon G. Curhan, MD, MSc, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, who has been conducting research on hearing loss in women for several years. It can negatively impact overall health, quality of life, productivity, relationships, and social interactions.
Our research focuses on identifying behavior changes that may help prevent or delay hearing loss, Curhan continued. Early detection of hearing loss is especially important, both to prevent further progression, and also to benefit from emerging knowledge and technologies that enable individuals to manage hearing loss more effectively than ever before. I urge all women to learn the status of their hearing health and to take steps to protect their hearing.
BHI supports National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
For more information on National Women’s Health Week, visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw. For more information on hearing loss, and to take the BHI Hearing Check, go to www.BetterHearing.org.