Do YOU have a hearing loss?
Hearing loss occurs in most people from life experiences. Exposure to loud noise over time, or in even in short strong bursts, medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital and hereditary factors, and even some disease processes, can all negatively effect YOUR hearing. 95% or more hearing losses can be corrected with hearing aids.
In 2005, approximately 32 million people in the US had correctable hearing loss. By 2020 that number is expected to more than double to 70 million people with correctable hearing loss. A "Better Hearing Institute" study reported that people over 50 who corrected their hearing loss issues made $23,500 a year more than those who did not correct their hearing. The age group of 45 to 65 is the fastest growing group of hearing loss sufferers. Most people do not understand how dramatically an uncorrected hearing loss can negatively effect their lives. It leads to serious issues of mental, emotional, social and physical problems.
The real issue is that most people with hearing loss problems are the last ones to know they have it. It is very important to get YOUR hearing thoroughly evaluated.
If YOU answer "YES" to any of the following statements, then YOU need to have YOUR hearing evaluated.
- YOU hear people speaking but cannot understand what they are saying
- YOU have to ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis
- YOU feel or complain that people are "mumbling".
- YOU have difficulty hearing in Church or meetings.
- Others complain that YOU have the TV to loud
- Others tell YOU that YOU need a hearing aid.
- YOU cannot hear the doorbell.
- YOU have problems hearing on the phone
Again, if YOU answered "YES" to any of these statements YOU need to have a complete audiometric evaluation. This is a much more intensive test than what YOU may receive at YOUR place of employment. Tests at your place of employment are different kinds of hearing tests. A complete audiometric evaluation will allow us to determine the exact type and degree of hearing loss YOU may have. It will also allow us to determine a person's ability to understand speech when conducted at specific levels. This is a very important component.
During a complete hearing evaluation, we will also interview YOU about who YOU are, what types of listening environments YOU are in on a regular basis, and find out what types of situations are most important for YOU to get help for.