Survey: Loved Ones Can Play Major Role by Encouraging Treatment
New Campaign Encourages Families to "Speak Up About Hearing Loss"
Rockville, MD - May 15, 2012 - Hearing problems can happen gradually with age, making them easy to ignore. Yet, they can have a devastating impact — contributing to depression and social isolation among older Americans.
In a recent survey of AARP members, more than half reported having untreated hearing health issues. In many cases, the problem isn’t even being discussed. A significant percentage of poll respondents said they don’t discuss hearing problems with family or friends. Yet, nearly 70 percent of poll respondents said they would seek treatment if they were asked to by someone they love.
As part of Better Hearing and Speech Month, a new national PSA campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is calling attention to how families and loved ones can help address hearing loss. "Speak Up About Hearing Loss" urges families to break through the silence and openly discuss hearing loss. The campaign will disseminate 30–second video and audio spots in both English and Spanish to major broadcast outlets nationwide, plus feature a web site — www.asha.org/hearing/ - where the public can get more information and help.
Dr. Berndtson provides tips for families to recognize hearing health issues and address it with loved ones:
The "State of Hearing" poll was conducted by AARP and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA's "Speak Up About Hearing Loss" PSA campaign will be released on Tuesday, May 15. For more information, please visit www.asha.org.
Taken from www.asha.org/About/news/Press-Releases/2012/New-Campaign-Encourages-Families-to-Speak-Up-About-Hearing-Loss.htm