Canadian Coalition for Adult Hearing Health (CCAHH)
Hearing loss is as prevalent as it is overlooked. Approximately a quarter of individuals aged 41-70 have hearing loss, yet most of those who could benefit from hearing aids do not use them. Due to the hidden nature of hearing loss and the fact that it often goes undiagnosed, it is no surprise that hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in humans.
Adults with hearing concerns often talk to their family doctor as their first step in their hearing health journey. The CCAHH aims to provide resources to physicians to improve awareness of hearing loss, and to aid in guiding their patients towards hearing healthcare.
Why be concerned about hearing loss? Ramifications for hearing loss include isolation, depression, and withdrawal from social activities due to hindered interpersonal engagement. Hearing loss is a potentially modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. The burden of untreated hearing loss has both an emotional and economic impact on the individual; living with hearing loss can impart stress in day-to-day life and has also been tied to higher rates of unemployment and earlier retirement. Despite these factors and more, hearing impairment for Canadian adults continues to be under-diagnosed. Fortunately, there are treatment options that help to remedy the effects of undiagnosed hearing loss. Modern hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and counselling regarding communication strategies can improve patients’ communication abilities, while fall-risk assessments can prevent accidents and injuries and, in many cases, save lives. Preventing social isolation and hospitalization in the elderly population should be a priority for assuring longer and better quality of life for them and their families.
November 9th-11th, 2022, in-person booth.
November 10th, 2022, 3:15pm-4:15pm, in-person presentation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON.
November 16th, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm, virtual presentation. FMF Virtual Platform.
2022 Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) Conference
October 13th-14th, 2022, Niagara Falls. Presentation of the results of our survey of audiologists.
Clicking the link below will take you to the section of our website with resources for physicians. These resources include research summaries, communication strategies for patients with hearing loss, hearing assessment checklists, self-report questionnaires, and instructional videos.