Audiology

Hearing Loss

It is estimated that over 36 million Americans have hearing loss, making it the third most common health problem in the United States.  Contrary to popular belief, more than half of those with hearing loss are younger than age 65.

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to depression, anxiety, paranoia, poor social relationships and even dementia.  Hearing loss can negatively affect quality of life.

Hearing loss is often a gradual process and therefore many individuals do not even know they have a hearing deficit!  A baseline hearing evaluation is recommended in order to monitor these gradual changes effectively.

Hearing loss can be caused by a multitude of factors such as exposure to loud noise, ear infections, illness, medications, damage to the inner ear or eardrum due to contact with a foreign object (cotton swab, bobby pin, etc.), and as a result of the normal aging process.

Signs of hearing difficulty:

  • Trouble hearing people talk in noisy situations such as restaurants, group functions, or in the car.
  • People frequently seem to "mumble."
  • You often ask for friends and family to repeat what they said.
  • You have difficulty hearing people if they are at a distance or turned away from you.
  • You have trouble keeping up with conversations.
  • You have a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears.
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