Nearly 48 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss. That’s about 20 percent of the population. It’s one of the most common health concerns, affecting people of all ages. It can be hereditary or it can happen gradually with age. But you don’t have to let it slow you down! We’re glad you’re here! Perhaps referred to our expert audiologist by your primary care physician or an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist.
We feature hearing health care professionals and testing to get you on the path to better hearing. The first step will be to get to know you. Your medical history and any concerns you may have. Genetics, your work environment, injuries, allergies, ear infections and ear wax all contribute to hearing issues. After that, we’ll set up a hearing test. It’s easy and totally painless. You’ll sit in a quiet room and wear headphones. Then your hearing care professional will ask you to listen to tones. We might also use recorded or live speech to tones. To measure how well your eardrum is moving, we can test the reflexes of the middle ear muscles.
Early intervention is key. Children with undiagnosed hearing loss may have difficulty learning. The sooner a child gets help, the better. We can perform hearing tests designed just for children as young as 6 months. The tests are painless. For example, using child-size earplugs, we will record tiny sounds that the inner ear makes in response to clicks or chirps. We have a variety of hearing aids, implants, assistive listening devices, and speech therapy treatments available.
Hearing issues have many reasons. Two of the most common types are age-related and noise-induced.
Age-related hearing issues occur over time. The main symptom is difficulty understanding conversations. Especially when there is background noise. You may feel as if other people are mumbling. Or you may find that others ask you to turn down the TV.
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by excessive exposure to loud noise. Either from audio equipment to work equipment. Even your choice of recreational activities (motorboats, snowmobiles or target practice) can put you at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 10 million American adults have suffered permanent hearing damage from noise.
Approximately 30 million adults suffer from persistent tinnitus. This condition is part of noise-induced hearing loss. It’s often described as a constant buzzing, ringing or hissing. It can have a direct affect on your sleep, concentration, and even your emotions.
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