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Americans Believe Social Life Would Suffer More than Sex Life from Hearing Loss

  • Published: 2010-07-21 : Author: HearUSA
  • Synopsis: Americans believe their social life and their safety would suffer the most if they had a substantial hearing loss.

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Americans Believe Their Social Life and Safety Would Suffer Most From a Hearing Loss, Sex Life Not So Much, HearUSA Survey Finds.

Americans believe that their social life and their safety would suffer the most if they had a substantial hearing loss, but think it would have little impact on their sex life or income, according to a new public opinion survey commissioned by HearUSA (Amex: EAR), a national provider of hearing care and hearing aids.

The survey of 1,000 nationally-representative adults, which was conducted for HearUSA by Kelton Research, asked: If you had a significant hearing loss, which do you think would suffer the most

The results:
Social life or relationships with friends29%
Family relationships13%
Job performance12%
Leisure and recreational activities9%
Overall Health4%
Sex life1%

Some other findings of the HearUSA survey:

Stephen Hansbrough, HearUSA chairman and CEO, said, "Studies have shown that, left untreated, even mild hearing loss can lead to avoidance of social situations, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, diminished overall health, and reduced job performance and earning power. Untreated hearing loss can also jeopardize family and intimate relationships."

"Yet, while hearing aids can benefit almost everyone with a hearing loss," said Hansbrough, "they are used by only one in four of the 36 million Americas with a hearing problem."

He said that while cost was a major factor, other barriers to greater acceptance of hearing aids were perceived stigma, unfamiliarity with today's digital hearing aids technology and a confusing marketplace.

"Hearing loss is a major public health issue and HearUSA believes that hearing care needs to be recognized as a medical necessity and made more affordable, accessible and accountable," said Hansbrough.

About HearUSA: HearUSA is the recognized leader in hearing care for the nation's top managed care organizations through its 177 company-owned centers and network of more than 2,000 hearing care providers. HearUSA is the nation's only hearing care network accredited by URAC, an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.

The company is also the administrator of the AARP Hearing Care Program, designed to help millions of Americans aged 50+ who have hearing loss.

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