Hearing Loss & Hearing Impairment – Dr. Leslie Soiles
The Not Old Better Show Inside Science Series
Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #417. Today’s show is brought to you by Native Deodorant and AirMedCare Network. Please check out our show notes for more information from our sponsors.
As part of our Inside Science Interview Series, our guest today, Dr. Leslie Soiles. Dr. Leslie Soiles says that by 2030, all baby boomers, or those born between 1946 and 1964, will be older than 65. No one knows that better than our Not Old Better Show audience. But, you may not know is the baby boomer generation is the largest group experiencing hearing loss today. According to our guest today, Dr. Leslie P. Soiles, Chief Audiologist for HearingLife and its Campaign for Better Hearing, one in six boomers already suffer from hearing loss, but only 25 percent of those with hearing issues are proactively seeking treatment.
What do former president Bill Clinton, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, James Destri of Blondie, Bono of U2 and Phil Collins all have in common? They’re all musicians. They’re all members of the “baby boom” generation. And they all suffer from hearing loss.
Hearing loss isn’t unique to musicians from the baby boom era. Boomers and our Not Old Better Show audience were the first generation born and raised during a time of gas-powered lawnmowers, traffic gridlock, loud rock music, and jet engines. So it’s hardly surprising that boomers are suffering from hearing loss in much higher numbers than any previous generation and reporting hearing issues earlier in life than ever before.
Baby boomers were trendsetters, and many of us continue to work hard, play hard and lead active lifestyles that put us at risk of continued hearing damage. Advances in medical technology also mean many us boomers will live longer lives than any previous generation, increasing our chances of age-related hearing loss. As a growing number of baby boomers reach retirement age, the Campaign for Better Hearing expects the number of Americans with hearing loss to climb rapidly and nearly double by the year 2030.
Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show via internet phone, Dr. Leslie P. Soiles, Chief Audiologist for HearingLife and its Campaign for Better Hearing, who has a fascinating journey to her profession which enables her to to provide unique, personable and valuable hearing care to her patients.
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And, my thanks to Leslie Soiles and GCI health for arranging today’s interview. As always, my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. Remember, let’s talk about better. The Not Old Better Show. Happy Holidays, everyone.
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