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Hearing Health Key Factor in Men's Overall Health; BHI Joins Men's Health Network in Promoting National Men's Health Month
Date:5/29/2010

ts men to understand that there are simple things that they can do to protect their hearing before it becomes a problem. Listening to their iPods at no more than 50 percent maximum volume and wearing earplugs while at rock concerts, using power tools, and riding motorcycles are just two examples.

Yet, according to Kochkin, up to 95 percent of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids-and their quality of life significantly improved. In fact, 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.

Advances in digital technology have dramatically improved hearing aids in recent years, making them smaller with better sound quality. Designs are modern, sleek, and discreet. Clarity, greater directionality, better speech audibility in a variety of environments, better cell phone compatibility, less whistling and feedback then hearing aids of the past, and greater ruggedness for active lifestyles are common features.

"In today's busy world, too many men overlook their health," says Kochkin. "Our participation in National Men's Health Month and Men's Health Week is an important contribution that BHI can make to improve the quality of life for men and their families. We look forward to raising awareness of how hearing health is linked to other aspects of a man's health and how it affects his quality of life and relationships."

For more information on why healthy hearing is important for men visit www.betterhearing.org.

Founded in 1973, the BHI conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss to benefit from proper treatment.

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