In a plugged-in culture, we lack education on the prevention
and early intervention of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is serious business. After all, hearing is one of our most important senses – keeping us safe and empowering us to communicate with the world around us. Imagine not being able to hear a car coming from around the corner as you cross the street. What if you couldn’t hear a knock at the door, a smoke detector, your kitchen timer or the phone ring - much less the person on the other end? We really take this sense for granted and aren’t taught to protect it. What if we were taught to prevent hearing loss the way we try to prevent cancer, diabetes or heart disease? It's unlikely that you will die of hearing loss, but you may be as surprised as I to learn of the incredibly emotional toll hearing loss can take. Two experienced doctors of audiology – hearing and balance specialists – taught me just how serious, and often preventable, hearing loss can be.