Older adults should take hearing loss seriously
People may not realize relieving hearing loss could be a preventative step to ward off dementia.
Hearing loss is a common problem faced by older adults but is often left untreated.
“At least one in four adults over the age of 50 experience hearing problems, but it’s shocking that it takes an average of 10 years before people seek treatment. Even then, less than 20 per cent of them will use hearing aids in their day-to-day lives.”
When people notice their vision is blurry, they visit an optometrist to avoid becoming blind. But when their hearing starts to worsen, a visit to an audiologist isn’t high on their list of priorities when it should be.
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