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Guard Your Health, Connect the Dots on Hearing Loss for Better Hearing & Speech Month

Check Your Hearing at www.BetterHearing.org

Washington, DC, April 29, 2014—Recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other important health issues. BHI’s outreach comes in recognition of Better Hearing & Speech Month in May. To help spread the word, BHI is providing an infographic, a social media profile picture, and web banners for anyone to download and use with social media (http://ow.ly/wfzYI). BHI also is inviting people to join in a Thunderclap to help amplify its message. Sign up today at http://ow.ly/wfAWd to join BHI in sharing its “Listen to Hearing Loss!” message, which will be automatically scheduled to go out on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on May 22nd.

BHI also is encouraging adults of all ages to take the free, quick, and confidential online BHI Hearing Check at www.BetterHearing.org. Anyone can take the online survey to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health professional.

Nearly 40 million people in the United States today have hearing loss. Most of them are part of America’s current workforce. Hearing loss affects Gen Xers, baby boomers, and people of all ages. In fact, a 2008 study found that the prevalence of hearing loss among younger adults, specifically those in their 20s and 30s, is increasing.

Fortunately, for the vast majority of people with hearing loss, hearing aids can help. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.

When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.

Because most doctors don’t include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams, it’s important to ask to have your hearing tested or to visit a hearing care professional. Once you reach middle-age, it makes sense to include hearing tests as part of your routine annual care.

For more information on hearing loss and to take the BHI Hearing Check, visit www.BetterHearing.org. To download items for visual social media, visit http://ow.ly/wfzYI. To join the “Listen to Hearing Loss!” Thunderclap, visit http://ow.ly/wfAWd.

Be sure to follow The  Hearing Loss Clinic on Twitter @thehearingloss, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheHearingLossClinic

Be sure to follow BHI on Twitter @better­_hearing, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterhearinginstitute.

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