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Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Has No Age Requirement

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Ten signs of hearing loss you can’t afford to miss

If you had hearing loss, would you know it? Not necessarily. Hearing loss often starts subtly and symptoms can take decades to manifest themselves as it progresses slowly over time. The most common type of hearing loss, age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), can shift so gradually that you may not realize how much you are missing. In fact, as hearing worsens, you may subconsciously adjust everyday activities and social interactions to cope with hearing difficulties. In time, you might not notice how gradually hearing loss has diminished your ability to live your life to its fullest. Luckily, you can do things to improve this situation and re-engage with loved ones.

Knowing the signs of hearing loss is key to success

There are many signs of hearing loss. It starts with everyday annoyances. Some are blatant, others are subtle. If you or a loved one are showing these signs, we encourage you to make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment.*

  1. “People are mumbling” – This could indicate hearing loss.

    You may notice that certain words are difficult to understand. People, especially women and children, may seem to be talking too softly or not enunciating their words. Chances are you find yourself saying, “What did you say?” all the time. If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

  2. Are restaurants too loud?

    Restaurants are among the hardest places to navigate for people with untreated hearing loss. Background noises, such as clinking dishes, people speaking loudly at other tables and loud music all make it exceptionally challenging to follow a conversation.

  3. Social gatherings aren’t fun anymore

    People talking passionately, music, laughter and other competing sounds can make it harder to take part in get-togethers with family and friends. Perhaps you find yourself “sitting out” of the fun or heading home early. There is good news. You don’t have to. The professionals at Oviatt can help you with ways to cope with hearing loss so you can enjoy the holidays with this simple guide to enjoying social events with hearing loss.

  4. Conversations take too much effort

    Are you exhausted at the end of the day, or a end of the meeting at work? The stress of straining to hear what others are saying can take its toll on your wellness.

  5. Telephone conversations are a struggle

    Telephone, and especially cell phone, transmission is not perfect. Most people can fill in the gaps. Hearing loss compounds the problem and you may struggle to take in the information. This may lead you to avoid phone calls and resort to texting.

  6. Hearing loss affects you and your loved ones

    Hearing loss can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. If one or more of these descriptions ring true to you, hearing loss may be the culprit.

  7. High volume is a sign of hearing loss

    Even if you think the volume is fine, if your family and friends complain that you turn up the volume too loud when you watch television or listen to music, you may be experiencing a well-known sign of hearing loss. Are you tired of the constant battle to enjoy TV with family or friends at a sound level that makes everyone happy? It might be worth it to check your hearing, if only to make your family happy.

  8. Are your ears ringing?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is often the first sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus impacts people of all ages, and may be attributed to trauma, exposure to loud noise or illness. It might be a slight annoyance or make it difficult for you to concentrate, sleep, work and even maintain relationships. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 56% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.[i]

  9. You are out of balance – loss of balance is a sign of hearing loss

    Hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition that is also impairing your balance. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Universityii found that even a mild degree of hearing loss tripled the risk of an accidental fall.

  10. You are opting out of engaging with people

Is hearing loss putting you in solitary confinement? Have you noticed that you are embarrassed to meet new people? Perhaps you are afraid to join in because you may not understand what is being said. Perhaps you withdraw if it is easier to live without straining to hear people.

Other signs of hearing loss – You are not yourself

Have you felt depressed, distracted or unengaged? Hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression and other brain-related ailments, including stroke.

Take the first step to better hearing

Perhaps you’ve avoided getting treatment because you are afraid of the stigma that some people associate with hearing aids. That’s old-school thinking. Besides, today’s hearing aids are minicomputers that subtly fit your ears – and your lifestyle.

To get started, we encourage you to come in for a professional hearing assessment. Book an appointment to speak with a professional about addressing your hearing loss.*

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Hearing Loss: A Worker’s Nightmare

Hearing loss in the workplace is not only frustrating for the employee who suffers from the debilitating condition, but also for all that person’s unassuming co-workers. Let’s face it: being in a fast paced workplace is stressful on its own! Add in hearing loss (whether your own or an office mate’s) and that stress can lead to large amounts of anxiety and strained times on the job.

“No one in my office has hearing loss! They just don’t want to do work!”

In an EPIC Hearing Healthcare study…

• 40% of employees said they have had to pretend that they heard something a co-worker has stated.
• 42% of employees said they often experience miscommunication between others at work.
• 57% of employees said they frequently have to strain to hear a conversation due to background noise.
• 61% of employees have had to ask a co-worker to repeat themselves while in conversation.
• Out of 2000 workers surveyed by EPIC Hearing Healthcare, 95% said that untreated hearing loss has a negative impact on their job.

2,000 workers were surveyed in this study and their overall finding was staggering! 95% of those workers said that untreated hearing loss has had a negative impact on their job. Whether it was their own loss or that of a co-worker, the result was detrimental to their experience on the job.

“95%! What can I do?”

Treating hearing loss means a world of a difference in all aspects of your life. But the benefits can be very rewarding while on the job. All too often, people speak over each other or mumble in office discussions which makes it hard to always hear and comprehend. For those who may even have mild hearing loss, this can be a burden that could be avoided.

Treating your hearing loss (even in the slightest) can mean better job performance, leading to an overall improvement in happiness. The results may also improve production in the work place. Who knew that getting your ears checked could make your boss smile? But new research suggests that miscommunication is one of the largest factors in profit-and-loss in the workplace. So, that smile is just one result of you taking care of you auditory health. Increase your chances of being a top performer at work by improving your communication skills!

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Hearing Loss Has No Age Requirement

Did you know that it can make a huge difference in your life if you have your hearing tested early in life? That might sound like a bold statement to you, but it is true. With early detection of hearing loss, a medical professional can help you preserve your natural level of hearing. This early action will stunt the loss and you won’t suffer later in life from any of the cognitive side effects of hearing loss.

“But my hearing is great! It won’t happen to me!”

Hearing loss has a very sneaky way of slowly taking away a person’s freedom and confidence when it goes untreated. Don’t fall victim to this highly preventable condition! Stand up and spread the word about early hearing loss detection.

“Hearing loss won’t affect my life!”

Out of all aging people, those with hearing impairment tend to lose cognitive abilities 40% faster than those without hearing loss. One reason is because with hearing loss, confidence in ones abilities lessens leaving stress and frustration in its wake. The more a person suffers from hearing loss, the less likely they are to want to join social situations. They hide their lack of hearing by shying away from any situation that may cause embarrassment. This can lead to depression and even dementia, especially in the elderly.

“So what can I do?”

Something as small as a hearing exam can improve your chances of not suffering from a decrease in cognitive ability as you age. The earlier any hearing loss (even the most minute) is detected and treated the better!

Advances in technology have made treatment even easier! No longer cumbersome devices that draw attention, the newest versions of hearing aids are small, comfortable, and unbelievable reliable. Some even look like your standard high tech Bluetooth headset or can’t even be seen at all. So no embarrassment awaits, just the clarity only possible with good hearing! Keep yourself ahead of the game and have your hearing checked by a hearing care professional today!

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Can you test for tinnitus?

How do I know if what I am hearing is real or phantom?
If you or someone you love has been experiencing ringing in the ears and other tinnitus-like symptoms, the first step is to make an appointment with your primary care physician. After obtaining your complete medical history, including any existing health conditions and current medical prescriptions, your doctor will check for obstructions in the ear canal and clear out any built-up earwax.

If the tinnitus is reported as being unilateral – only in one ear – or pulsatile in nature, or if any neurological abnormalities are present, your doctor may choose to have you undergo an X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan. If no obstructions are present in the ear canal and no other potential causes are discovered, your primary care doctor will most likely refer you to an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) or an audiologist.

Professional hearing assessments

Once you’ve made an appointment with your audiologist, they usually perform a pure tone audiogram early in the evaluation, especially if your tinnitus is unilateral or accompanied by loss of hearing. A pure tone audiogram is a type of hearing assessment that plays different frequencies at varying volumes. Even if you haven’t noticed any hearing loss, an audiogram to perform, as it will show slight signs of hearing loss that you may not have picked up on. In addition to an audiogram, your audiologist consider supplementary tests, too, such as speech audiometry, which evaluates how well a patient can hear certain words and then verbally repeat those words back.

Is there a single test for tinnitus?

Since almost all cases of tinnitus are subjective, meaning that the perceived sound cannot be heard by another person, audiologists use tinnitus sound matching to determine what the patient is hearing. Tinnitus sound matching consists of a series of audio clips played to the patient in the hopes of identifying which sound is closest to the internal perceived sound.

A hearing care provider may use minimum masking levels to determine if a patient is experiencing tinnitus. This seeks to determine how loud a patient’s tinnitus is perceived as being. The audiologist or hearing care professional plays a test audio clip at increasing volume levels until the patient registers that the external noise entirely conceals the internal tinnitus noise.

You may be asked to fill out a self-assessment form or questionnaire so that your hearing care provider can establish how much of an impact your tinnitus is having on your daily life and psychological and emotional well-being.

After you’ve spoken with your primary care doctor, find an Avada location close to you and schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist. Your audiologist will perform the appropriate assessments, and then work with you to test out tinnitus treatment plans to see what works for you.

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