Huh? Whut? Pardon? At Least Get a Hearing Test for a Baseline
Maybe you don’t have a hearing problem, but if you are a boomer, chance are you do – or will have. Loud cars, loud cycles, loud concerts, loud music, you lived the life, you know what I’m sayin’.
May is Better Hearing Month. Good time to get a hearing test, even if it’s just to establish a baseline for later.
Lifetwo.com has these interesting stats regarding boomer hearing.
–From 1971 to 1990, hearing problems among those between the ages 45 and 64 jumped 26 percent, according to a National Health Interview Survey.
–There was also a 17 percent increase in the 18 to 44 age group.
–In California, where researchers surveyed 5,000 people, the rate of impairment jumped 150 percent between 1965 and 1994 among those in their 50s.
–Paired with the fact that the Baby Boomers will live longer than any generation before them, hearing impairment in people over 55 is expected to reach new levels in severity and prevalence in the coming decades (Hear-it AISBL, 2005).
So make the appointment even if you think you’re hearing OK. You might be surprised like I was and discover that you already have a hearing loss in the upper and lower ranges.