The birth of thinkhearing.org….
Several years ago I attended a wellness event at his place of employment in order to receive a discount on our insurance premium. We were required to have blood drawn and fill out an extensive health history. Part of the health history inquired about whether we had hearing loss. Well, with me being an Audiologist, my first thought was, ‘What a stupid question, no one will check yes to that because, almost, everyone thinks their hearing is just perfect.’
About a month later we were each sent a portfolio of our lab profile and recommendations of what we should be following up on based on our responses on the health history. I don’t know why this surprised me but there was not one mention of getting our hearing checked. And, just in case you’re wondering, neither of us are spring chickens so a hearing check would have been a reasonable recommendation! Steam was coming out of my ears because it hit me that even the wellness companies don’t understand the value of hearing or the implications for untreated hearing loss.
While venting to my husband that “no one ever thinks about hearing’ I made the comment that someone needs to start a hearing initiative ‘to get people to think about their ears and hearing’. It was at that point that I started my mission to create a movement that would encourage people to get a hearing health check as part of their personal wellness plan. It’s taken a little more than two years to pull this together, but thinkhearing.org is here! Enjoy the videos, blogs and tips. I hope you learn to value your hearing and encourage others to take care of theirs. After all, they are the only two ears you will ever have!