On World Hearing Day, ZVOX Encourages Consumers To Take Hearing Test

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Studies Show that Hearing Loss Can Contribute to Dementia and Isolation

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It’s easy to say ‘my hearing is ok. I just have trouble once in a while. I don’t need expensive hearing aids.’ But what these recent studies show is that even minor hearing losses may have the biggest effect on cognitive ability.

Firmly committed to creating products that improve the lives of people with mild hearing problems, ZVOX Audio, the pioneering speaker and hearing technology company, is helping spread the word about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “World Hearing Day” on March 3rd. This year WHO will call attention to the many options available for timely and effective interventions that can help people with hearing loss achieve their full life potential. ZVOX is helping get the message out through social media and via its website (http://www.zvox.com). ZVOX recommends everyone get a hearing test from a trained professional, and if your schedule does not allow that, the company is offering a simple and free Hearing Test, available at https://zvox.com/pages/hearingtest.

Approximately 30 percent of adults aged 65 and older show some degree of hearing loss. And notably, the problem of even minor hearing loss goes beyond having quality of life issues like not being able to communicate effectively or difficulty hearing the dialogue on your TV – it can sometimes lead to more serious health problems, even dementia. According to a study published in The Lancet Commissions (Lancet, 2017 Dec 16;390[10113]:2673-2734), the risk of developing dementia increases for older adults with mild hearing and moderate hearing loss. Another new study released in November of 2019 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information reinforces those findings and shows that even a small hearing loss can lead to cognitive problems and dementia.

Treating Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Cognitive Decline
Treating hearing loss may be an important step one can take to minimize the possibility of cognitive decline and dementia – possibly more important even than controlling other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and social isolation.

Unfortunately, says ZVOX CEO Tom Hannaher, many people with minor hearing loss don’t get hearing aids – or even get a hearing test. Says Hannaher: “It’s easy to say ‘my hearing is ok. I just have trouble once in a while. I don’t need expensive hearing aids.’ But what these recent studies show is that even minor hearing losses may have the biggest effect on cognitive ability.”

If the test shows you have mild to moderate hearing loss, ZVOX recommends testing one of the company’s breakthrough VoiceBud hearing aids using a 60-day home trial option. ZVOX is taking an additional $100 off the price of a pair of FDA-registered VB20 hearing aids for one week in honor of World Hearing Day.

It might be the most valuable investment a person can make for their ongoing health.

ZVOX: A new kind of hearing company.
ZVOX was founded in 2003 by two long-time consumer electronics veterans. ZVOX is credited by CNET with "perfecting the TV sound bar." In 2016 they introduced a TV speaker that uses hearing aid technology to make dialogue easier to understand. Their patented AccuVoice design led them into the world of audiology and hearing aids, where they met Dr. Thomas Powers, former VP of Audiology for Siemens Hearing Aids. Dr. Powers helped guide the development of ZVOX's VB20 hearing aid.

ZVOX now makes a variety of hearing related products including speakers, wireless headphones and hearing aids. It sells though zvox.com, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, QVC, and selected retailers including Magnolia stores within Best Buy locations.

About ZVOX.
ZVOX, a pioneer in speaker and hearing aid technology, is recognized for introducing the first commercially successful sound bar in 2004, the first soundbase TV audio system in 2008, and the first speaker dedicated to dialogue clarity in 2016. The company has been committed to enhanced hearing solutions for over 16 years.

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