During Better Hearing and Speech Month, Cochlear Releases List of Five Activities That People With Hearing Loss Can Rediscover

May 21, 2014

Cochlear encourages the public to get their hearing checked during the month of May

Centennial, Colo. – May 21, 2014 – During the month of May, Cochlear, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, encourages people to protect their ears and get their hearing checked, so they can keep enjoying the activities they love. Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact a person’s life in a variety of ways – from socially to professionally to financially and more. However, treating the condition can be a simple way to help improve access to these things and allow people to stop missing out on the sounds of life.

To commemorate Better Hearing and Speech Month and remind people that life is worth hearing, Cochlear released a list of five activities that people with hearing loss can rediscover by finding the appropriate treatment for hearing loss; all starting with a simple hearing screening.

  1. Socializing. Many people with hearing loss restrict their social lives or engage in “social bluffing;” pretending to hear conversations that they cannot actually hear. The unfortunate outcome of this is all too often isolation. Treating hearing loss may help individuals regain the quality of hearing needed to improve confidence in social circles and get back to enjoying the public situations they have been missing out on.
  2. Family. Hearing a child’s wedding vows, a grandchild’s coos or a spouse’s words of love and support are cherished experiences for many people. With the right kind of guidance and treatment, people with hearing loss can build sound-filled memories of these special moments.
  3. Sports. Although people with hearing loss may need to take some extra safety precautions, an active lifestyle is attainable. Whether it is on the court, on two wheels or at the beach, there are ways to enjoy – and even heighten – all levels of athleticism. The right treatment for hearing loss can lead to better awareness of sound and the direction it is coming from. Additionally, newer, waterproof treatment options are able to give some people with hearing loss the opportunity to hear in and under water for the very first time.
  4. Volunteering. For those who love the gratifying nature of volunteer work, hearing loss can present challenges in many environments. However, the special act of volunteering should not be abandoned. A hearing screening and the right treatment for hearing loss can help people with hearing loss not miss a beat, whether in classrooms, zoos or when helping the elderly.
  5. Music. Whether listening or playing, music serves a tremendous role in the lives of many people. A song, band or concert often represents discoveries, memories and aspirations. People of any age should not have to miss out on their favorite music. A hearing screening is the perfect way to learn if treatment for hearing loss may help introduce or bolster the ability to enjoy the gift of music.

"We are dedicated to helping people around the world hear by providing life-changing hearing solutions," said Cindy Humphrey, Vice President of Marketing at Cochlear Americas. "Connecting people to sound means that no one has to miss out on life. The sooner you get your hearing checked and find the appropriate treatment for hearing loss, the quicker you can return to enjoying your favorite activities, like socializing, singing, staying active and more."

As the industry pioneer, Cochlear is a trusted partner to help individuals better understand the science behind advanced hearing solutions and if they are a candidate for hearing implant technology. Cochlear also offers a Concierge service, allowing people the opportunity to speak to a licensed audiologist who is also a Cochlear hearing implant recipient or a parent of a Cochlear hearing implant recipient. Speak directly with the Concierge by phone at 1-800-216-0228 or email Concierge@Cochlear.com.

About Cochlear

Cochlear is the world leader in advanced hearing solutions. It has a dedicated global team of more than 2,700 people who deliver the gift of sound to those with hearing loss in over 100 countries. Its vision is to connect people, young and old, to a world of sound by offering life enhancing hearing solutions.

The Cochlear promise of "Hear now. And always" embodies the company's commitment to providing its recipients with the best possible hearing performance today and for the rest of their lives. For over 30 years Cochlear has helped hundreds of thousands of people either hear for the first time or reconnect them to their families, friends, workplaces and communities.

For more information, visit Cochlear.com/US.