What is hearing loss?

Put simply, hearing loss is any degree of impairment of the ability to apprehend sound.  However, the definition of hearing loss is not the same for everyone and the different degrees of hearing loss are divided into categories.  The most common categories of hearing loss are mild hearing loss, moderate hearing loss, severe hearing loss, and profound hearing loss.

REMEMBER!  With children, it is especially important to diagnose and treat a hearing loss as early as possible. This limits its potential negative impacts on learning and development. Hearing loss can greatly affect the quality of life for adults as well. Unmanaged hearing loss can have an impact on employment, education, and general well-being. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to isolation and even depression.

    Do I have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?

If you answer yes to more than two of the following questions, you should have your hearing evaluated further by a licensed, certified audiologist:

  • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  • Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
  • Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people talking at the same time?
  • Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
  • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do family members or coworkers remark about your missing what has been said?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

    Does my child have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?

If you observe any of the following behaviors or symptoms of hearing loss, you should consider having your child’s hearing evaluated further by a licensed, certified Audiologist:

  • Your child is inconsistently responding to sound.
  • Language and speech development is delayed.
  • Speech is unclear.
  • Volume is turned up high on electronic equipment (radio, TV, CD player, etc.).
  • Your child does not follow directions.
  • Your child often says, "Huh?"
  • Your child does not respond when called.

Remember!  Early intervention is essential to minimizing the negative impacts hearing loss can have on a child's learning and development. While it is not easy to face the prospect that your child may face the additional challenges of hearing loss, please realize that a variety of hearing solutions are available that can be customized to each child's particular need. Today's technology offers great hope and your Audiologist will assist you in navigating the various treatment options to ensure the best possible choice for you and your child. 


    Will hearing loss get worse if the decision to get hearing aids is delayed?
Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to the negative impacts of aging and noise exposure.  Our hearing is diminished over time, whether or not we use hearing aids.  Research shows, however, that our ability to make sense of what we hear, known as auditory processing, deteriorates more rapidly if the hearing pathway is not stimulated.  Therefore, the decision to delay being fit with hearing aids will not cause hearing to become worse, but may make it more difficult to adapt to and benefit from hearing aids as time passes.

 Don’t make this mistake!  Call for an appointment and see, firsthand, what the new technology can offer!  Improve your life today!  



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