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Campaign Kit: Healthy Aging

Help your employees stay young at heart by sharing how vision and hearing care can lead to improved health and wellness.

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Treating vision and hearing loss is a significant aspect of overall health so you may continue to be active and independent at any age.

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Treat Vision and Hearing Loss for a Healthier Life

We live in a world of sound and noise. Conversations, traffic, music, and much more surround us day and night. Most of the sound we encounter is enjoyable or helpful, even critical, to living our everyday lives. But modern society continues to get noisier and louder. The result? Research suggests at least 6% and as much as 24% of the US adult population have hearing loss from loud noise exposure.

The prevalence of hearing loss grows exponentially with each decade of life. By the time we reach our 70s, more than two-thirds of us will have hearing loss. However, over 22 million people in the US aged 12 to 59 years are already suffering from hearing loss in at least one ear.

What’s more concerning is that only about 30% of people with hearing loss report owning a hearing aid. Age-related stigma and uncertainty about where to get treatment are two key factors that keep people from treating hearing loss. Unfortunately, foregoing treatment doesn’t just mean missing out on the sounds of life. It can also put overall health and wellness at risk, which may result in higher levels of memory loss and cognitive decline, a higher likelihood of depression, and even higher overall healthcare costs. Furthermore, greater hearing loss at a younger age leads to higher incidences of social isolation and feelings of loneliness.

Studies show an even greater health impact when those with hearing loss also have vision problems. In fact, combined hearing and vision loss are associated with poorer health-related quality of life than people with just vision or just hearing impairment. Additionally, one study showed that those with both visual and hearing impairments have an increased cognitive load.

This makes it harder for individuals to perceive their environment—and engage, understand, and communicate effectively. The study found that this increased cognitive load can even lead to a higher risk for dementia. It’s clear that addressing vision and hearing loss is key to having a happier, healthier life.

Treating Vision and Hearing Loss Has Never Been Easier

Correcting vision and hearing impairments leads to improved health and wellness. One study showed that high-functioning vision and hearing combine to help us better decode and perceive our environments, allowing us to better engage, understand, and communicate with less cognitive load. It’s clear that addressing vision and hearing loss is key to having a happier, healthier life.

Vision and hearing loss treatment is more accessible than ever before. Much like treating visual impairment, treating hearing loss starts with a hearing test. One hearing care company, TruHearing®, has developed an online hearing screening. This no-cost screening takes less than five minutes to complete. All you need is an internet-connected device with speakers or headphones – no special tools required. The screening will provide you with your baseline hearing health which will help you better determine if you should seek further treatment.

If you or a family member are suffering from hearing loss, now is the time to address it for better health and a better life.

Information received through VSP Vision Care channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.