Hearing loss on the increase

May is Better Hearing Month, so Sonus Hearing Centre in Maple Ridge is offering free screenings to identify hearing loss

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing and most prevalent, chronic conditions facing Canadians today, and though it effects roughly three million residents, most ignore symptoms and delay evaluations because of the stigma associated with it.

May is National Better Hearing Month, and the Sonus Hearing Care Center at Unit 320-20398 Dewdney Trunk Rd. in Maple Ridge is offering the public complimentary hearing screenings to identify hearing loss. Appointments required.

“Millions suffer from hearing loss but since it happens gradually, most people don’t recognize the signs and eventually have it pointed out to them by a friend or family member,” said Randi Monsell, Sonus’ regional manager.

“If the TV or radio volume keeps getting louder, if you’re asked to repeat yourself more than once, if you find that your loved one is withdrawing from social situations more than before, these could all be signs of hearing loss.

“We are encouraging spouses, companions, and caregivers to bring loved ones in for a free screening if they suspect any hearing loss.”

He added that having personal support during a screening can be comforting and helpful – plus people are more likely to follow through with any next steps if they’re not alone.

Though May is Better Hearing Month, complimentary hearing screenings are available at Sonus locations year-round. To make an appointment with a Sonus professional, use the location finder online or call (888) 779-0493. To determine how well a loved one hears on a daily basis, caregivers can take a short Sonus questionnaire to decide if a hearing screening is necessary.