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Better Hearing Institute Joins HHS' Office on Women's Health in Promoting National Women's Health Week and Hearing Health
Date:4/30/2010

life,” says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Executive Director of BHI. “Hearing loss can negatively affect virtually every aspect of a woman’s life—from job performance to relationships—so it’s especially important that women and their doctors routinely address hearing health as they would any other women’s health issue.”

The vast majority of physicians don’t routinely ask their patients if they have any hearing problems. According to a BHI survey, fewer than 15 percent of people who received a physical exam in the last year said they received a hearing screening by their physician or nurse during that exam.

“Hearing loss leads to stress and fatigue because it requires so much effort to listen to what someone is saying,” says Kochkin. “More stress is the very last thing women need right now.”

With modern advances in technology, up to 95 percent of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids—and their quality of life significantly improved, Kochkin added. A BHI survey of more than 2,300 consumers found that nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life as a result of using a hearing aid.

Studies show that women –especially younger ones—are reluctant to get treatment for hearing loss, putting them at risk for depression and other significant emotional problems impacting their overall quality of life.

“Hearing health is an important component of women’s health,” Kochkin said. “Women assume many important roles in our society including assuming the safety and care of children. How well they hear affects how well they can communicate and manage their many responsibilities.”

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depressi
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