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Canadian Champion (Milton, ON), 28 Nov 2019, p. 35

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STARA LAND NSORED CONTENT Hearing loss can °° raise health risks = When most people think of hearing loss, they likely imagine someone elderly. While it is true that most people experience some hearing loss as they age, research suggests there's a widespread lack of awareness about hearing damage among the general public and the ways it can pose additional risks for your overall health. Statistics Canada reports that as many as 40 per cent of adults ages 20 to 79, or about nine million people in this country, have at least some hearing loss in one or both ears. An estimated 4.9 million Canadians in that same age range, or 19 per cent, have hearing loss that affects their ability to hear normal speech. Among children and youth ages 6 to 19, some 8 per cent had some hearing loss, while 4 per cent of children ages 3 to 5 showed test responses indicative of potential hearing loss. Most alarming is the fact that approxi- mately 77 per cent of adults with-hearing loss diagnosed by a health-care professional were unable or unwilling to recognize they had a hearing deficit. HearingLife chief audiologist Jill Price attrib- utes the contradiction to social factors. "It's an invisible disease," she says. "You can't see it and you can't feel it." This makes it easy to forget that it's even a problem -- or to simply pretend . that itisn"t one. There are cultural stigmas attached to hear- ing loss that keep people from acknowledging they have a problem or seeking help for it, Price notes. "People associate hearing loss with being old," shé says. "We've all seen sitcoms where a grandfather says something silly or funny be- cause he misheard what someone was saying, and then everybody laughs." Hearn forthe Y BETTER HEARING IS A GIFT FOR THE FAMILY @ Hearinglife Q Milton 15 Martin Street | Call Herendida at 1-844-339-0126 Nearby clinics: Bolton, Brampton, Burlington, Etobicoke -- wo Queens Plate, Etobicoke (Sherway), Mississauga and Oakville TRUSTED PARTNER OF Legion Taper sustion oa usc ER eS --- Statistics Canada reports that as many as 40 per cent of adults ages 20 to 79 have at least some hearing loss in one or both ears. isTOck ~ Between the social stigma and lack of acknowledgement, something little understood among the public is the fact that hearing loss may be elevating other health risks. For instance, there is a statistically signifi- HEARINGLIFE " cant association between hearing loss and de- pression, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associa- tion Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The study found that 11 per cent of people with hearing loss showed symptoms of depression, compared to 5 per cent of people who did not have hearing loss. Similarly, people with diabetes are about twice as likely tq develop hearing loss, Price says. There has also been some correlation reported between hearing loss and dementia or cognitive ability, but researchers caution more work needs to be done in this area before anything definitive can be said about this link. And certain types of hearing loss can also be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease. When blood flow to the inner ear is impaired, it can affect hearing, which makes a diagnosis a possible early warning sign of serious and even potentially fatal illnesses. [t's all the more reason to have your hearing checked out. You can get a free hearing test at one of over 220 HearingLife locations across Canada by calling toll-free 1-844-226-2302. And learn more about healthy hearing at Pee] Holiday Coupons. If you struggle to hear well, this time of year can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. That's why we're celebrating the holidays with these limited-time coupon offers. Bar Ger SEN We WEE GBS SNe SET BED BEE GE GED Wa SET GET WER WET EW Ga GEE GED RE BEE TEE GB Bae Ten REE ERE aE 25% OFF the purchase of select hearing aids' WE me wee WEE EE WE EE SEE Ge DE WAN ERE EE Se a r ! i i t i : | ho - r t t i i 5 i ' EL R EE AIR MILES® when you BG REWARD MILES with complete your first FREE your purchase of select hearing test' r= hearing aids' Se ow me sm me se ses SR WC ERE Se sme We mE we Be wus os os We a Ges Sen Mem Mme Se sem es es mem Wl MEE GE EN SER SRN OeF WED SRE DES BER. SEG GE SES GS WEE SEE. BRE NN RE GEE REE EE ER SEE Gee Gee Sam Ce Be oven moe mm oop oom we om of Bon ee om si oon we ws of These holiday coupons expire on December 31% 2019. Call to book your FREE appointment* or book your appointment Sle at: SE NSP-WINT-MILC Siny | 6102 '82 19quisaop 'Aep | uoidwey) ueipeued uo | Se = Woo uo}|eyapisul *e *

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