Hear! Hear! Hearing loss in seniors a growing health care challenge ---
by Leslie Holden, a licensed and certified hearing instrument practitioner in Manitoba and president of the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society (CHIPS) ----
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting Canadians over the age of 65, and the number of older Canadians with hearing loss is growing fast.
The public perception is that hearing loss is a relatively inconsequential part of aging, but if it is left untreated it can be serious and can negatively impact your quality of life. Because of the communication difficulties it creates, hearing loss can lead to social withdrawal or isolation and even depression. Your family, friends and colleagues may think you are confused, uninterested or difficult, when the problem may simply be your hearing.
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