The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that around 20% of Americans (around 48 million people) experience some form of hearing loss. In fact, it’s so common that one in three people will experience hearing loss by age 65. No matter how old you are, hearing loss is definitely nothing to feel bad about – and it shouldn’t keep you from living your life, either.
It’s no secret that talking on the phone with friends and family can be a great source of happiness – and even the most mundane, task-oriented calls give us a sense of connection and control over our lives. Without this daily social connection, people with hearing loss can be at risk for chronic sadness or depression. Here are three ways talking on the phone can help people with hearing loss live happier, more connected lives.
From theaters and restaurants to busy office environments and even relaxing in your own living room, background noise can make it tough to hear what’s being said. If you have hearing loss, it can make it nearly impossible.
Do you ever feel "off" on days when you haven't been able to connect with friends and family? There’s a good reason for that. Studies continue to reveal the many benefits of social interaction at any age – but especially to help us live happier (and healthier) as we grow older. In fact, staying connected can help boost your immune system, decrease blood pressure and even keep depression, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer at bay.
The old woman with the horn in her ear. The old man yelling “What did you say?!” in the park. They could both be characters in a Greek mythology-style tale about hearing loss through the ages – but the truth is, hearing loss is an incredibly common issue in America. It transcends all ages and stereotypes. And it’s time we started separating the facts from the myths.
Living with hearing loss? Then to a certain degree, so are your family, friends and coworkers. Don’t put your relationships at risk. When it comes to hearing loss, communication and conversation are even more pivotal to your relationships. It’s important to take the steps to ensure you can engage with the people you love without frustration or miscommunication.
Think you might have hearing loss? It’s much more common than you might think. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, it’s the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease.
There are so many great things about having grandkids! It seems as if we can’t get enough of their laughter, energy and enthusiasm – not to mention those bear hugs. But did you know they’re also healthy for us, too? Studies show that time spent with grandchildren can help ward off depression and dementia, boost your immune system and even add years to your life. Even if you don’t see your grandkids often, you can still keep up with them across the miles. Here are four fun ways to use technology to stay connected to your grandchildren.
Don't be in the dark about hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 15 percent of American adults (over 37.5 million people) report some trouble hearing. And by age 65, nearly 25 percent of people have disabling hearing loss.
FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service. (v5.4 7-18)