Hearing Healthcare

The Looming Crisis in Hearing Healthcare

Hearing Healthcare

Hearing Healthcare

When it comes to hearing, birds of a feather flock together.

Experts in elder care are searching for information and ways to connect with other experts to know how to best serve clients who may be losing their hearing, or whose hearing aids are not doing their job.  The demographics in America are changing rapidly, and groups of professionals that serve older Americans are scrambling to keep pace with the demand for services. This is particularly needed when it comes to hearing healthcare.

A number of published research studies have shown that people with hearing loss have up to 5 times the risk of dementia, depression, and falls resulting in broken bones.  Further, many experts think most hearing impaired people are not getting the care they need because they are not seeing audiologists who can diagnose their hearing loss and other hearing issues and properly fine tune hearing aids.  On top of that, the fact the hearing aids can be expensive and not covered by most insurance policies creates an additional burden on elders and their families.  It is already well known that people who can’t hear are at risk of being scammed by unscrupulous sales people.

One such group of professionals serving the elderly population has formed in the Chapel Hill and Durham area.  The CHADER (Chapel Hill and Durham Eldercare Resources) Group, is comprised of local professionals from different fields that have taken on the challenge of connecting and forming a network that will ultimately help seniors connect with the services they need.    It was created with the mission of providing networking and educational opportunities for senior-focused professionals while positively impacting the aging community in Durham and Orange Counties.  Visit them at http://www.chadernc.com/

Dr. Philip Griffin, a Raleigh-based audiologist, was invited to speak at the upcoming CHADER meeting on October 17th.  Dr. Griffin, AuD will discuss the many challenges that come with serving a rapidly growing population of seniors. From the dire need for higher quality care services, to the shortage of qualified audiologists to provide it, there are many possible ways that hearing healthcare could experience a crisis in the coming years.  Dr. Griffin says, “The members of CHADER are just the right kind of people who need to be in the know about these coming challenges, and how to deal with them.  As Americans get older, especially the baby boomer generation, hearing loss is becoming more and more of a problem. Currently, over 27 million adults over 50 years of age have hearing loss. The older Americans get, the more likely they are to experience the negative effects of hearing loss including social isolation, lower quality of life, and even depression.  By age 75, almost half of Americans have hearing loss. The numbers are staggering, and the need for audiological services will only increase”.

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