Pro Football Players Learn About 650,000 Colorado Residents with Hearing Loss

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Through its continued partnership, the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation and EarQ are meeting the growing hearing healthcare needs of former professional football players. At a recent event, EarQ provided hearing health services to better equip former players to drive the movement toward hearing loss awareness.

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38 million Americans are living with untreated hearing loss and it is estimated that 643,000 of these individuals are Colorado residents.

On November 20, 2016, former NFL players gathered at the Meridian Neighborhood Health Center in Parker, Colorado, for a health assessment event sponsored by the Living Heart Foundation. There, these players received screenings, hearing aid fittings, and hearing health education from EarQ representatives. Events like these are one of the many ways EarQ and the NFLPA are addressing the high incidence of hearing loss in professional athletes.

For more than five years, the partnership has been working together to tackle this issue. Their efforts include hosting and attending events around the country to connect with former players, screen them for hearing loss, and fit them with the appropriate hearing technology, if necessary. In addition to those efforts, EarQ and the NFLPA have also been spearheading a research study on the correlation between hearing loss and professional playing careers.

With 1,400 independent provider locations across the country, EarQ has a network of skilled hearing healthcare professionals—many of whom have been active in EarQ’s work with the NFLPA. At the event in Colorado, these individuals provided quality hearing healthcare services and education as well as collected data for the exclusive research program, bringing EarQ and the NFLPA one step closer to identifying what preventative measures can be taken for the next generation of athletes.

According to Ed Keller, President of EarQ, these efforts are all part of a bigger picture to spark a nationwide hearing loss awareness movement.

“38 million Americans are living with untreated hearing loss and it is estimated that 643,000 of these individuals are Colorado residents,” says Keller. “By priming former Denver-area professional football players to be advocates, we are making an investment in the hearing health of both former players and their fans.”

About EarQ:
A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.

About the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation:
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws.

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