Women Who Address Hearing Loss Enjoy Better Quality of Life

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Addressing hearing loss helps women stay physically, cognitively, and socially active, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI).

Research shows that hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that women who address their hearing loss often experience better quality of life.

BHI supports National Women's Health Week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. The 14th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013 and goes until May 18. When left unaddressed, hearing loss interferes with a woman's life and negatively affects virtually every aspect of her day-to-day living -- including how she communicates with her doctor, says a statement from the BHI.

“Because hearing loss has been linked to several chronic diseases -- as well as to an increased risk of falling -- it's important that women and their healthcare providers routinely address hearing health as part of their medical care,” says the statement. “Millions of women in America suffer from unaddressed hearing loss. Most are still in the workforce.”

As part of its efforts to promote National Women's Health Week, BHI is encouraging hearing healthcare professionals across the country to organize hearing screenings in their communities; host health fairs; disseminate women's health information; and publicize National Women's Health Week.

Source: Better Hearing Institute

Rose Simpson