Welcome to the ABHF Americans for Better Hearing Foundation blog! It’s our mission to provide hearing health care, education, information, and amplification products for seniors in long term care facilities and other underserved individuals. Hearing is an essential component of the human experience. Our goal is to bring you quality, educational posts about the causes of hearing loss, solutions for hearing loss, and programs that can help bring solutions to your community or facility. We hope you will stop by again!
The essence and warmth of the human experience is our ability to hear and understand conversations.
Many, if not most, residents in long term care are missing out on this basic human experience. Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss is the culprit. Not only is it wrong to deny that human experience to the resident, it costs a lot more to care for people with undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss reduces overall quality of life and makes it much harder and more expensive for staff to deal with residents with untreated hearing loss.
Hearing loss is not a harmless condition
Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers have directly linked untreated hearing loss with the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The National Council on Aging studies found that untreated hearing loss is directly linked to depression, paranoia, anxiety, and anti-social behaviors. Treatments as simple as a hearing aid can prevent or delay the onset of these diseases.
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