Listen Up

Three old men were out walking.  The first one says, “Windy, isn’t it?”  The second one says, “No, it’s Thursday.” The third one says, “So am I, let’s go get a beer.”

Poor hearing can have a significant impact on the quality of life and it is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults.  Between the ages of 65 and 74, it is estimated that one in three people have some form of hearing loss.  After the age of 75, it is estimated that nearly half of these seniors have hearing issues.  Not only can conversation and communication be difficult, it could also be dangerous if your ability to react to warning sounds is impeded.    

Hearing loss can happen for many different reasons.  Hearing failure due to aging is called presbycusis and can afflict some people much more than others.  Noise induced hearing issues are also common as there are dozens of occupations and activities that can cause hearing loss, if one is exposed to loud sound too often, without taking the necessary precautions. Medical conditions can also be responsible for hearing problems as well.  Regardless of the cause, hearing loss is a gradual progression so many people may not realize how much their hearing is diminishing. 

If you think that you are struggling with a hearing issue, the most valuable thing you can do for yourself is seek professional advice.

Responsible health care comes in all different forms with hearing wellness part of the package.  Depending on a diagnosis, there are several different treatment options available. 

The Lumby & District Health Centre will once again begin hosting free hearing screenings with a professional audiologist.  The first clinic will be in Lumby on April 12th and then again in Cherryville on April 27th.  For more information on appointment availability and location call
250-547-9741.

A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Colleen or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.

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