Practitioners can turn to BHI for community-education materials

WASHINGTON, DC–One of the many free resources available to hearing health professionals from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a collection of syndicated articles that practitioners can use to inform people in their communities about hearing loss and how to prevent and/or treat it.

The Better Hearing Institute has developed a new syndicated article summarizing the link between chronic diseases and hearing loss. It has been released to 15,000 media outlets. This opinion editorial is now available for download. Hearing health professionals may modify the article to draw attention to their practice.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“… Hearing loss isn’t a harmless condition to be ignored. In fact, hearing loss often coexists with other serious health problems. And a growing body of research indicates that there may be a link. Studies show that people with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression may all have an increased risk of hearing loss…”

“…When left untreated, hearing loss alone can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Impaired memory and the impaired ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension and stress are among its more common side effects…”

“…’With so much evidence emerging on the potential link between hearing loss and various chronic illnesses, it becomes all the more pressing for people to identify and address hearing loss early on,’ says Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the Better Hearing Institute. He advises, ‘Talk to your doctor. Get your hearing checked. And be assured that in most cases, today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids can help people hear better and thereby regain quality of life.’…”