Hearing loss affects quality of life

Hearing loss is one of our most overlooked health concerns. Yet an estimated 38 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. That’s more than the entire population of Texas! And those numbers are expected to increase as baby boomers age.

Multiple studies* have indicated that hearing loss may be linked to depression, and increase the risk of developing dementia and suffering a serious fall. One solution to hearing impairment is hearing aids, which can significantly improve quality of life. Although they’re not a cure, people who wear hearing aids report an improvement in their mental health. They’re also better able to build relationships with family and friends, and even earned higher salaries at work†.

Because we feel hearing loss is an important issue, we’d like to remind you of your ability to take advantage of TruHearing, a program that gives you exclusive savings of 30 to 50 percent off the regular price of hearing aids. If you are a Providence Health Plan member concerned about your hearing health, call TruHearing at 877-360-2448 to schedule an exam with a hearing health provider near you.

To increase awareness of important hearing loss issues, TruHearing will also donate $5 of every hearing aid purchase during the month of May to Olive Osmond Hearing Fund.

If you or someone you love is concerned about hearing loss, now is the time to do something about it. We encourage you to take this month to think about your hearing health and work with us to make sure everyone can hear everyday sounds – every day. 

Learn more

To learn more about coverage for hearing aids and to locate a TruHearing provider, contact Providence Health Plan customer service at 503-574-7500 or 800-878-4445 (TTY: 711).

*“Hearing Imparment Associated with Depression in U.S. Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2010, ” Chuan-Ming Li, et. al. 2014.

“Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia,” Frank R. Lin, et. al. 2012.

“Hearing Loss and Falls Among Older Adults in the United States,” Frank R. Lin, et. al. 2013.

† “The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Persons,” The National Council on Aging. 1999.

“Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Instruments on Quality of Life,” Sergei Kochkin, et. al. 2000.

 

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