Are You Hearing This?

Better understand what it may be like to be one of the 16 million seniors affected by hearing loss by taking this Care Challenge simulation.
Elderly man sitting alone with hands over ears

The Facts:

 According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, over 16 million seniors ages 60+ are hearing impaired and not receiving appropriate treatment. Untreated hearing loss can perpetuate the decline of cognitive function, brain atrophy, depression, and social isolation.

Care Challenge:

This week, briefly experience what it might be like to be one of those 16 million seniors affected by hearing loss. Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take the Care Challenge and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

  1. Turn down the volume on your favorite television show or radio program.
  2. Observe what’s happening. What are you missing? How does it make you feel?
  3. Tell Us: Does this change your perception of hearing impairment? Let us know in the comments below!

If you suspect a senior loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, this article may help with next steps: Let’s Talk About Hearing Loss.