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Fathers' Hearing Affects Family Function and Fiscal Health
Date:6/17/2009

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  • When someone asks me a question, do I frequently have to ask them to repeat it?
  • Do I ever have to strain to hear a question?
  • Do I feel that people are mumbling a lot?
  • If someone is not looking directly at me when they speak, does it make it harder for me to answer?
  • Do I have trouble hearing over the telephone?
  • Do people get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say?

Kochkin also reminds wives and children that families play an important role in men's health care by helping to educate them. So if you think your husband or father is suffering from hearing loss, sit down with him and visit www.hearingcheck.org so he can take a quick, interactive test to see for himself if he should have his hearing checked. If the answer is yes, go ahead and make an appointment with a hearing health professional. And if you've had trouble hearing recently too, go ahead and make an appointment for your self. Joining dad may make him more open to a hearing test.

Kochkin reminds fathers and families that the newest hearing aids are sleek, sophisticated devices that are scientifically engineered to provide unparalleled sound quality in various hearing environments. Many fit comfortably in the ear and are virtually invisible.

"Today's hearing aid isn't the bulky, old-fashioned hearing aid your father may remember," says Kochkin. "It's the new power tool that may well be the perfect aid for dad today. So this Father's Day, don't let your dad slip away--keep him close by giving him the gift of better hearing."

Founded in 1973, The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) co
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