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Keep Calm and Speak On! Its Better Hearing & Speech Month
Did you know more than 36 million Americans suffer from permanent hearing loss? It’s true. Hearing loss can affect both adults and children however nearly
half of patients with hearing loss are under the age of 65. After arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is the 3rd most common health issue for Americans. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month; a time dedicated to two essential communication tools that we use each
and every day.
Signs of hearing loss include:
- Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, or sounds in the ear)
- Complaining people mumble
- Asking people to repeat
- Turning up volume on TV/radio
What are some causes of hearing loss?
- Natural result of aging
- Exposure to loud noise
- Illness and/or infections
Hearing Aids In The 21st Century
Technology has greatly improved how hearing aids process speech and sounds. They are designed to enhance listening in a variety of situations; from calm, easy listening situations such as one-on-one conversations to challenging listening situations, such as larger groups with background noise. The cosmetic appeal of hearing aids is also improved. There are a large variety of accessories that can be used along with your hearing aids to help you in today’s world of Smart phones, personal music devices, tablets, TV, etc.
Who Can Help You?
Audiologists: They can provide a hearing evaluation that determines the degree and type of hearing loss. Can recommend appropriate amplification and/or refer to a physician if the hearing loss requires medical treatment.
ENT Physician: An ENT Physician can provide medical treatment for certain types of hearing loss. Luckily, Millersburg has its very own ENT Physician, Dr. Kurt Garren, located conveniently across the street from Pomerene Hospital.
For a consultation with Dr. Kurt Garren, please call (330) 343-9600.
Blog Written by: Angie Hissner, MA, CCC-A, Audiologist