Hearing Loss Stigmas

Local September 2018 Community Events

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September Concert in Southlake!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Southlake Community Band

Town Square’s Rustin Pavilion

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

MasterWorks is a free concert series presented by the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast that brings performances to Southlake each spring through fall. Music lovers of all ages are invited to come out and hear a wide variety of FREE musical performances during this concert series. Be sure to bring your lawn chair, cooler and bug spray! Alcohol is not permitted.


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636 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

Four days of a family-friendly festival

September 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2018.

Make plans to sip and sample premium Texas wines and champagne while enjoying live entertainment, delicious festival food and so much more.

https://tickets.grapevineticketline.com/event/grapefest-admission-2018

Note: Children under the age of 6 years old are free.

No pets allowed on festival grounds.

Hearing Loss – America’s silent and growing epidemic

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Hearing loss can have a more negative impact on the quality of life than obesity, diabetes, strokes or even cancer. Yet according to an AARP survey, more people report having gotten recent colonoscopies than hearing tests.

Why are people so reluctant to get their hearing checked or to treat hearing disorders? Because unlike many serious and potentially fatal ailments, hearing loss carries with it the stigma of being old. It’s true that hearing diminishes with age. Nearly 30 percent of people in their 50s suffer from hearing loss. For people in their 60s, it’s 45 percent. And for those in their 70s, more than two-thirds have significant hearing loss.

Hearing loss doesn’t only affect older people. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss. And that number is increasing. Boomers had their rock concerts, and millennials have their earbuds. So the impact of hearing damage will likely grow in the future.

Due to the stigma of hearing loss, the average older adult waits seven to 10 years to get a hearing device. Moreover, only 20 to 30 percent of all adults who could benefit from a hearing solution end up getting one. This only makes the problem worse because the longer a person has uncorrected hearing loss, the greater the risk to the brain of losing the ability to translate the sound of someone talking into comprehensible speech.

There have been advances in new technology, more acceptance of those with hearing loss and more awareness of the stigma of not hearing well. By addressing the issues associated with hearing loss, both individually and as a society, we have so much to gain – better social connections, better health and a better life. *

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190 S. Peytonville, #120
Southlake, TX 76092

(817) 803-4646

*Adapted from the AARP May 2018 magazine