life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessAs a blogger I get invited to a variety of press events. While I wasn’t able to attend the Duracell event in NYC last week, I wanted to share some of the news from their “Stay Connected” initiative in honor of National Better Hearing Month which takes place in May.

I was doubly disappointed to miss the event because actor John Slattery, from Mad Men, Spotlight, and Veep, is their spokesperson. John was chosen to promote the campaign because his father suffers from hearing loss and wears hearing aids.

Take A Free National Hearing Test In May
According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, hearing impairment affects 48 million Americans and 80 percent of those affected by hearing loss over the age of 65 do not seek treatment. To help people take the first step towards staying connected, Duracell is offering 50,000 free hearing screenings throughout the month of May.

National Better Hearing Month

Actor John Slattery helped kick off Duracell’s “Stay Connected” initiative. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)

The National Hearing Test is a quick and convenient over-the-phone hearing screening developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health. It’s the only free screening test that is scientifically validated, not-for-profit and which the test results remain private to the user. It’s recommended that you use a landline (not a cell phone) to take the test.

Although I have several years to go before 65, I thought I would take the free screening. I’m so glad I did and I highly suggest you take the test too. You can find more information about the test at” or by calling 1-844-9-DURACELL. 

John Slattery; Duracell hearing aid batteries; hearing loss; "Stay Connected" initiative.

Actor John Slattery took the free hearing screening and you can too. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)

My Hearing Test Results Were Not What I Expected
“Your right ear is within normal range,” said the recorded message. “Your left ear is slightly below range,” said the recorded message.

What’s that you say? OMG!

Recently at the gym when I put my earphones in my ears, I’ve noticed that the sound is lower on my left ear versus my right ear. I thought it was the earbud, but I guess it’s my hearing. I don’t know that I am going to rush to see an audiologist – however, I may ask to get tested the next time I have an appointment with my ENT doctor. Or maybe I’ll ask to get tested when I drop off the donation of hearing aid batteries that Duracell is providing to my doctor’s clinic to distribute to those in need.

Sadly, hearing aids and batteries are quite costly and not covered by health insurance plans. Doesn’t really make sense to me, since hearing is one of the senses that is impacted as we age. When you can’t hear you miss out on key moments in life – says the team at Duracell. I agree.

Go ahead — take the hearing test and let me know how you do. Remember what the Greek philosopher Epictetus says, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”


*Note if you cannot see the video for any reason, you can watch it here.