18 May Hearing through the Ages – Baby Boomers!
This week, we will be discussing the hearing needs of the Baby Boomer generation. ”Baby Boomer” is a term used to describe people born during 1946 to 1964, coinciding with the baby boom following World War II. Each post this week will highlight a new topic in hearing health that is important for baby boomers to consider.
Importance of early intervention to protect earning potential
Ernest Hemingway was once quoted as saying, “retirement is the ugliest word in the language.” While some baby boomers look forward to retirement, many are choosing to stay in the workforce longer. However, as baby boomers continue to stay in the workplace, untreated hearing loss may limit your earning potential or limit your employment prospects.
Research from the Better Hearing Institute demonstrated that the use of hearing aids “reduced the risk of losing income by 90 to 100 percent for those with mild hearing loss, and 65 to 77 percent for those with moderate to severe hearing loss. Those with moderate to severe hearing loss who use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use.”
It is obvious that when the appropriate measures are taken to address ones’ hearing loss, baby boomers are still able to perform their jobs at a satisfactory level. So just because damage has been done to the baby boomers’ hearing, it does not mean that it has to be tolerated.
Hearing aids are not a sign of defeat. They are a sign that you value your quality of life, and you that you are not willing to settle for any changes to your life on account of your hearing health. Not only can they help you hear better in many areas of your life, they can be very discreet, and even offer Bluetooth compatibility with cellphones, ipods, etc, to transform them from hearing aids to an entire listening system.
Give it some thought – come in and discuss with an audiologist – and see what hearing aids have to offer you. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.