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Study Proves Older Adults Need Help with Hearing Loss

Over the past forty years the greatest joy of our business is providing the gift of better hearing. Difficulty hearing is one of the most common conditions among older adults. Many people make lifestyle adjustments rather than seek help. With the new advances in technology now is an ideal time to consider an evaluation. At Hopco Hearing Center, we have made a commitment to professional service, quality products and low prices. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

Choice - There are over 200 manufacturers we can service. Everyone's hearing loss and lifestyle is different... So we offer a wide variety.

Follow-up - All aids come with a 60 day trial... We see you weekly during this time to assure your adjustments and the aids adjustment are satisfactory.

Continued Education - Every year we attend conventions and manufacturer seminars to keep up the latest fitting news and technology. We are members of nationally accredited American Speech and Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiologists and the International Hearing Society.

Older adults often choose not to seek treatment for hearing loss, but ignoring the problem can have a huge impact on their quality of life – and increases their risk of dementia.

The statistics are shocking, say two University of Toronto medical experts: At least one in four adults over the age of 50 experience hearing problems, but it takes an average of 10 years before they seek treatment.

Writing in this week’s edition of Doctors’ Notes, the Toronto Star’s weekly column created by medical experts from the University of Toronto, Marilyn Reed and Dr. Claude Alain cite an international study by the Lancet Commission on dementia treatment that found untreated mid-life hearing loss increases a person’s dementia risk by 9 percent.

 Reed is an instructor with the U of T's department of speech-language pathology in the Faculty of Medicine, and  Alain is an associate professor at U of T's Institute of Medical Science and the department of psychology. Both are affiliated with Baycrest Health Sciences: Reed as a practice adviser with the audiology department and Alain, a senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.

The two write about the signs of hearing losses, and what help is available. They also point out that hearing problems can be masked as memory issues since they display similar symptoms, such as continually having to ask someone to repeat information.

Help is available to boost a person’s ability to hear – and they offer tips on how to help yourself at any age.

First on that list: Turn down the volume, especially when wearing headphones.