BHI Urges Men to Take Online Hearing Check During National Men’s Health Week

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The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging America’s dads, granddads —and all men—to take the online hearing check, Across America Hearing Check Challenge, during National Men’s Health Week, which starts on June 13 and runs through Father’s Day, June 19. By visiting http://www.hearingcheck.org, anyone can quickly assess if they may have a hearing loss and need a more comprehensive hearing evaluation by a hearing professional.

Hearing health is of integral importance to a man's whole health and well being. It affects his quality of life, relationships, family life, and even his earnings.

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging America’s dads, granddads —and all men—to take the online hearing check, Across America Hearing Check Challenge, during National Men’s Health Week, which starts on June 13 and runs through Father’s Day, June 19. By visiting http://www.hearingcheck.org, anyone can quickly assess if they may have a hearing loss and need a more comprehensive hearing evaluation by a hearing professional.

"Hearing health is of integral importance to a man's whole health and well being," says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Executive Director of BHI. "It affects his quality of life, relationships, family life, and even his earnings.”

Sixty percent of the 34 million people with hearing loss in the United States are male. And it remains one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today. In fact, more than 15 million men in the United States suffer from unaddressed hearing loss, which often affects their quality of life and physical and emotional health.

In a 2010 study, for example, BHI found that people with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss. The use of hearing aids was shown to dramatically reduce the risk of income loss and unemployment.

“Because most doctors don't routinely screen or ask their patients if they have any hearing problems—even during annual exams—it’s especially important that men take the online hearing check at hearingcheck.org,” Kochkin emphasizes. “This simple check will help men determine—in complete privacy—if they need a more comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.”

Kochkin adds that there are simple things men can do to protect their hearing. Listening to their iPods at no more than 50 percent maximum volume and wearing earplugs while at rock concerts, using power tools, and riding motorcycles are a few examples.

"It’s critical that men pay attention to their health—and not just for their own benefit, but because their wellbeing has a significant impact on the lives of others,” says Kochkin. "Our participation in National Men's Health Week is an important contribution that BHI can make to improve the quality of life for men and their families.”

The purpose of National Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. For more information on National Men’s Health Week, visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org.

BHI is encouraging hearing health professionals across the country to organize hearing screenings in their communities; host health fairs; disseminate men's health information; and publicize National Men's Health Week in their practices and communities.

For more information on why healthy hearing is an important part of men’s overall health and quality of life, visit betterhearing.org.

More About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk of personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health. But the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. And nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.

Advances in digital technology have dramatically improved hearing aids in recent years, making them smaller with better sound quality. Designs are modern, sleek, and discreet. Clarity, greater directionality, better speech audibility in a variety of environments, better cell phone compatibility, less whistling and feedback than hearing aids of the past, and greater ruggedness for active lifestyles are common features.

Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. For more information on hearing loss, visit http://www.betterhearing.org. To take the “Across America Hearing Check Challenge,” visit hearingcheck.org.

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