Through a continued partnership, the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation and EarQ are able to meet the growing hearing healthcare needs of former professional football players.
The NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation and EarQ took their efforts to Dallas, TX on April 19th to further their research into the connection between hearing loss and professional football players. The partnership has addressed playing career related hearing loss for over five years.
Initial findings reflected a growing need for hearing health services as former players show an above average incidence of hearing loss at an early stage in their lives. EarQ and the NFLPA strive to improve the quality of life for former players by treating and maintaining their hearing health.
During this event, former players were screened for hearing loss and fit with devices to improve their hearing. With the data collected, the NFLPA and EarQ are also closer to identifying what preventative measures can be taken moving forward.
The NFLPA sees the importance of this program as the correlation between pro football careers and hearing loss becomes more evident.
“We are learning that hearing loss education is essential” said Andre Collins, Executive Director of the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation, “Our partnership with EarQ allows us to educate the general population on this issue and on the significance of their own hearing needs.”