Friday, September 15, 2017
New Survey Shows Growing Openness about Hearing Loss
A survey conducted by MED-EL with the Harris Poll has found that more and more people are open to talking about hearing loss, especially with family members. Nearly half (46%) of the 2,264 respondents aged 18 and older know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing, and 64 percent of them have had a conversation with that person about it. Furthermore, 78 percent of the respondents disagreed with the statement that they would be offended if someone knew approached them because they thought they were experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing. In fact, 79 percent of respondents aged 65 and over said they would be more likely to seek evaluation for their hearing if their family members approached them with the concern.
Barbara Weinstein, PhD, professor and founding executive office of the doctor of audiology program at the City University of New Graduate Center as well as a columnist for The Hearing Journal, reaffirmed the survey findings and the important role that family members play in hearing loss intervention. "The reality is, while some people might have a hard time admitting that they have a hard time hearing, most people around them notice that communication is growing more difficult," she said. "The first conversations surrounding hearing loss are usually with family members, particularly in the case of older adults. It's important to keep those lines of communication open."