Can You Hear Me Now?

There are certain things we prefer to ignore as we reach “a certain age” (which varies by individual). Among these are wrinkles (“laugh lines”), hair loss (“bald is the new sexy”), decreased vision (“arms getting too short”) and hearing loss (“what did you say?”).

While “fixing” these issues may be a priority to the individual experiencing them, corrective lenses has long been accepted as the one by-product of aging for which a fix is considered a necessity rather than an act of vanity.

But did you know that hearing loss is more serious than people think?

Hearing loss is gradual, beginning in their 20s for most adults. Causes include exposure to loud noises – over 85 decibels – such as traffic (85 decibels), lawn mowers (95 decibels), personal music devices (105 decibels), concerts (115 decibels), emergency vehicle sirens (125 decibels), airplanes (135 decibels) and fireworks (145 decibels) and more.

As hearing loss progresses, it becomes more difficult to hear more normal sounds such as rainfall (50 decibels) and typical speech (60 decibels).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 37 million people suffer from hearing loss in the United States, a number which continues to rise as the population ages. A CNN report states that if hearing loss were officially considered a disability, it would be the largest disability class in the country!

Previous generations simply accepted hearing loss as a by-product of aging, but more recent studies have revealed that other conditions may be linked to hearing loss, including depression, isolation, even decreased cognitive function. So addressing the problem may be more urgent than experts previously believed.

Familiar signs of hearing loss include difficulty focusing on a conversation with background noise, asking others to repeat themselves, and turning up the volume on the television or radio. Other common symptoms include depression, isolation, and balance difficulties, which are often “treated” without considering hearing loss as the culprit.

Currently, treatment for hearing loss is ranked among the “vanity” treatments, like plastic surgery or hair plugs. But having hearing tested to establish a “baseline” by which to evaluate future hearing loss is an important part of preventive care, and addressing hearing loss before it becomes a major issue  may help alleviate seemingly unrelated problems in the future.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier in each Windsong Community, where we take the time to create luxury features designed for everyday living – including walkable streets, a private fitness center in the clubhouse, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide multiple opportunities to pursue an active lifestyle.

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s a Breeze!

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