20% of Americans age 12 and over have hearing loss and it is creating an invisible barrier between them and their families, doctors, friends, and coworkers. Further, 40% of those aged 60-69 years have hearing loss. There are a lot of dangerous misconceptions about adult-onset hearing loss; primarily that patients will know when it is ‘bad enough to get hearing aids’ and that it is an unavoidable part of aging. Research has shown leaving hearing loss unaddressed leads to decreased brain volume and earning power, as well as dramatically increased risk of fall, dementia, and depression (even when corrected for age). Let’s talk about what hearing loss really means for your patients and how your treatment plan can prevent the hearing loss domino effect. Presented by speaker Alexandra deGroot, AuD.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented on April 29, 2021)