February 11, 2016
Hearing loss is an all too common complaint with the senior American population, and often dismissed as simply, “Everyone mumbles!” or “My husband just doesn’t listen to me!” Excuses such as these often result in seniors avoiding a visit to the doctor to get their hearing tested.
What if, however, getting your hearing checked was as simple as making a quick phone call?
Enter the latest offering from the National Hearing Test, a nonprofit organization that now offers a telephone-based hearing test that can be taken right from the comfort of home. Unlike an audiologist’s typical “pure tones” hearing test, consisting of various frequencies of beeps and hums, the phone test is comprised of numbers spoken in varying degrees of static. Taking the test is simply a matter of pressing the corresponding numbers on your keypad.
For the nominal fee of $5 (currently being waived for AARP members), results of the hearing test are provided immediately at the end of the call, broken down for each separate ear into normal hearing, or slight or substantial impairment.
While it can be intimidating to take that first step to confirm clinical hearing loss, the risks of ignoring it can be even greater, as there’s evidence linking hearing loss with cognitive decline and a heightened occurrence of dementia.
Click here to take the test or to learn more.
Continuum provides services to help St. Charles and St. Louis seniors with hearing issues, including transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments/procedures and to pick up prescriptions, assistance with setting up and implementing alternate forms of communication, such as through email and social media, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and laundry to allow seniors recovering from surgery to rest and recuperate, and much more. So after you make the call to take that hearing test, give us a call at 314-863-9912 to learn more about how our Missouri home care services can help!