10,000 Baby Boomers enter start social security every day. With that, higher instances of age-related hearing loss are sure to follow. However, if current statistics from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), there will also be a massive influx of hearing-impaired individuals who aren't receiving the help they need to manage this condition.
According to ASHA, only 20 percent of people with this inability actually use hearing amplifiers and other devices, despite the detrimental effects of untreated hearing loss.
"With an aging population, we see more and more individuals having problems hearing," Ohio hearing aid specialist and physician Dr. Allan Rubin told regional news outlet the Toledo Blade in a recent piece on Baby Boomer hearing loss. Dr. Rubin noted that, in his experience, women are more likely to consult an audiologist when they notice this change.
The publication states that roughly a third of Americans between 65 and 75 years old have developed some form of age-related hearing loss, while instances of noise-induced impairments are also on the rise among younger generations. Given that this condition, when left untreated, can lead to increased social isolation and a general drop in quality of life, it's clear that more work must be done by medical professionals and government agencies to promote the use of digital hearing aids.
Hearing Aids today are a far cry from the bulky contraptions of decades past, today's devices are effective and discreet, and can be adjusted from the comfort of your own home.