Thanks to medical science and an emphasis on healthy lifestyles people are living much longer today. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging about 3 million persons celebrated their 65th birthday in 2011. In the same year, approximately 1.8 million persons 65 or older died. Census estimates showed an annual net increase between 2010 and 2011 of 916,837 in the number of persons 65 and over. People are staying younger looking as well. The Baby Boomer generation just refuses to age.
A panel of experts that met at the Aging in America conference on April 1st of this year came to the following conclusion: Historically, Americans led "linear" lives because so many only lived into their 50's and 60's. Today, a new model of life is emerging. People want to distribute the longevity bonus. They are going back to school at 40 and coming back from illness to run a marathon at 80. They are beginning as late bloomers and hitting their stride in later years. The new model of life means aging isn't an isolated zone in 'Seniorville.' We are thinking about people as beginners again and again.
However, in spite of the healthier choices people in this age group tend to make there is one area that seems to elude their concerns and that's their hearing health. Its estimated that 500 million people in this world suffer some degree of hearing loss. If its true that the over fifty group is expanding rapidly, its reasonable to assume that many of those folks have measureable hearing loss .
If people are living longer and healthier lives today wouldn't it make sense to take steps to be able to enjoy all the things you wished you'd had the time to enjoy earlier when you were too busy and working too hard raising a family and building a career?
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Its taken a lot of time and hard work to get here, don't let a hearing loss slow you down. If you think a hearing loss may be negatively affecting your prime of life, call or stop in today and make an appointment for a no obligation screening and consultation and let us see what we can do to help.
Written By James D. Silvis
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