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Hearing Loss

Do you often struggle to hear people because they seem to mumble or speak too softly? Perhaps you attribute the issue to a noisy work environment or restaurant? 

The reality is, hearing impairment happens gradually over time without us realizing. It is a prevalent issue that affects many people.

Don't hesitate any longer. You don't have to endure the effects of hearing loss.

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You're Not Alone!

According to the most recent data, 30 million Americans over the age of 12 are living with hearing loss in either one or both ears. This number is expected to continue increasing as the Baby Boomer generation ages. While some hearing loss can be caused by ailments and exposure to loud noises, in many cases it is simply a result of aging.

 

But fear not! Most hearing loss is mild and can be treated effectively. Imagine being able to again listen clearly without feeling like you’re being left out due to your condition; with the right treatment you’ll reclaim all of the activities and joys you may have been missing. Don’t let hearing loss limit you; get the help and assistance you need so you can live life fully!

Prompt care leads to more favorable results. Contact us for the best and most effective treatment.

How does hearing loss actually work?

The process begins with soundwaves entering the outer ear, which is visible on the outside of your head. These waves then navigate through the auditory canal, a pathway comprising minute hairs and glands that generate earwax. At the end of the canal lies the middle ear, containing the eardrum and three tiny bones – the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. The eardrum vibrates when hit by sound waves, moving the hammer-shaped bone, which, in turn, moves the anvil and the stirrup, ultimately sending vibrations into your inner ear.

The middle ear amplifies sound, and therefore harm to any part of it can lead to significant hearing loss. Hair cells in the ears can be damaged by diseases, ototoxic drugs, or natural aging; and unfortunately, there is no way to regenerate or restore these cells. Fortunately, hearing aids can help to compensate for their loss.

Erin putting on headphones for a hearing test

Myths About Hearing Loss

Fact:

Hearing impairment can manifest gradually, and as such, it may take a considerable amount of time before you recognize it. Individuals tend to find fault with others first, blaming family or friends for their speech being unclear or the volume on the television being low. However, over time, it will become apparent that hearing loss has occurred and requires attention. Statistically speaking, 1 in 5 individuals are susceptible to hearing loss. It is highly recommended that you get tested without delay.

Fact: When experiencing a hearing loss, it is important to recognize the impact it may have on those around us, particularly our loved ones. In addition to feelings of isolation or frustration, hearing loss may contribute to cognitive decline. Instead of ignoring the issue and hoping it resolves itself, addressing the situation can lead to better outcomes for yourself and those close to you.

Fact: Hearing loss is a degenerative disorder that progressively worsens over time. Experts term this condition “auditory deprivation”, suggesting that the longer it goes untreated, the greater the degree of hearing loss. While hearing aids provide assistance, their effectiveness declines as the severity of the hearing loss increases. Seeking timely intervention can help save your hearing.

Fact: It may be an option to increase the volume, but it’s important to consider how it affects those around you. Often, people find it frustrating to constantly repeat themselves when the situation could have easily been remedied. It is best to be mindful of others and take responsibility for our own actions.

Fact:

Hearing aids can be beneficial to almost everyone, provided the correct technology and settings are used. In the event of procuring cheap online hearing aids that are not tailored to your specific hearing loss, it is unlikely that they will work as intended. To achieve maximum benefit, work with your hearing specialist to identify the correct hearing aid to meet your needs, programmed to your specific loss, and fitted properly.

Fact: Modern hearing aids have come a long way from the bulky, outdated versions of the past. Nowadays, manufacturers offer an array of styles and models designed to be discreet and small, and some can even fit completely in the ear canal to be virtually invisible.

Fact:

Hearing loss can impact anyone, regardless of age. Being frequently asked to repeat what was said, requesting people to speak louder and mishearing can give the impression of advanced age. Regular checkups, hearing tests, and adopting hearing aids can safeguard against this occurrence.

Fact:

It may be tempting to save money by purchasing a single hearing aid, sock, shoe, or tire for your car, but it’s crucial to consider the overall impact on your well-being. Ears not only detect sounds and enable directional perception, but they’re also an integral component for balancing. Given this, if you experience hearing loss in both ears, equal treatment is paramount for your benefit.

Fact:

According to recent statistics, more than 108 million ultra high definition 4K flat-screen televisions were sold last year, some of which carried a price tag exceeding $8,000. Despite the high cost, buyers were willing to pay for the exceptional value such televisions offer.

The ability to hear clearly is an essential aspect of maintaining an active, healthy, and happy lifestyle. It can also help you avoid feelings of frustration and isolation in your daily routine. The real question to ask yourself is, how much is having clear hearing worth to you?