Hearing Loss Deserves Your Full Attention

Aging is imminent and with aging comes hearing loss for many people. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated one-third of the people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 75 and close to one-half of those older than 75 have some degree of hearing loss. However, aging adults are not the only group of people who suffer from the symptoms associated with this condition. Millions of other Americans are also suffering from hearing loss due to serious factors which can make everyday living less enjoyable.

While hearing loss is generally irreversible, there are several precautions people can take when they notice their hearing is suffering. A recent article from Casa Grande Dispatch highlights the importance of knowing what to look for and what to do should you notice some decline in your hearing. Pay careful attention, as this could be you being described now or in the future. The gradual and very common form of hearing loss is called presbycusis. It can begin with factors such as exposure to loud noises, viral infections, some medications, chemotherapy and radiation, heredity, head and inner ear trauma, and ruptured eardrums.  Some people also notice high fevers, large doses of aspirin or anti-malarial drugs can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears, often temporary) and changes to the inner ear.

What should you look for? Common symptoms of hearing loss include difficulty with comprehension, needing high volume on the TV, not hearing conversations on the telephone, confusing words, needing people to repeat themselves, avoiding crowds and having difficulty with select pitches and sounds. Our audiologists will start by telling each of our clients the same thing – don’t ignore the symptoms! Most people ignore or try to hide hearing-loss symptoms because they are embarrassed. Some people even become mad or turn to denial when their family and friends show concern. The truth is, the steps you take next could help restore your life.

Get your hearing tested by one of our audiologists. Your tests will determine if you need earwax removal, cochlea implants, or a hearing aid. We offer all brands and types of hearing aids to fit your lifestyle; modern-day hearing aids are pretty amazing too. You may need to try more than one device to find one that works well for you, but together we will make the most of your hearing so you can enjoy the little things in life that mean so much.

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