Did you know…..October is National Audiology Awareness Month!
Did you know…..October is NationalAudiology Awareness Month! In recognition, Swift Audiology & Hearing Aid Services is taking this time to answer your questions and address your thoughts about hearing loss and hearing aids. How do I know if I have hearing loss?You should have your hearing tested if:1. You are having difficulty hearing over the telephone2. It seems like people are mumbling3. Others complain that you have the television up too loudly4. You have difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise5. You have difficulty understanding women’s or children’s voices6. You have ringing or buzzing sounds in your earsMost hearing loss is caused by damage to the sensory cells inyour inner ear. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineuralhearing loss, and it is usually permanent. The damage can occurdue to aging, noise exposure, genetics, certain medications,disease, or other factors. In almost all cases, the only treatmentis amplification.1Many people don’t realize they have hearing loss until it becomesfairly significant…..but the people around them usually do. This isbecause hearing loss usually occurs gradually, and month tomonth changes aren’t perceptible.Friends and family often compensate for their loved one’s hearingloss by speaking louder, automatically repeating themselves, ornot speaking up when they know they’ve been misheard. ThoughSwift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service(724) 825-4480
done out of love, it can prevent the person with hearing loss fromseeking the necessary treatment.“The best method for breaking through your loved one’sresistance to hearing help is for YOU to stop being their ears.”(Dr. Richard Carmen)I’m old, what do I need to hear for?There are so many reasons, Idon’t know where to start! Besides being able to communicatewith your family, friends, doctors, etc, hearing aids have beenshown to improve a person’s social, emotional, mental, andcognitive well-being.1That means an improved quality of life. No more isolating yourselfand losing touch in your relationships. While many understandthe impact that hearing loss has on one’s social and emotionallife, it may come as a surprise to know that research study afterstudy has linked untreated hearing loss with a decline in cognitiveabilities.2“That is what all poets do: they talk to themselves out loud; andthe world overhears them. But it’s horribly lonely not to hearsomeone else talk sometimes.” George Bernard ShawI would hear fine if people wouldn’t mumble!Do you feel thateveryone around you mumbles when they talk? There is a verygood explanation for this, and it has to do with your hearing loss.Speech consists of vowels and consonants. The vowel sounds areloud and deep in tone, while the consonants are very soft, highpitched sounds.Most people hear the vowels better than consonants, bothbecause they’re louder sounds, and because hearing loss is oftengreater in the higher pitches where the consonants are located.Swift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service(724) 825-4480
If you’re only hearing the vowels, words like, “pick, bit, bid, pit,and pig” will all sound similar.Your brain uses extra energy to try to figure out what was saidbased on the context of the conversation, and the speaker’s lipmovement. You might find that you’re more worn out at the endof the day than you would be if you had hearing in the normalrange.Only old people wear hearing aids.This is not true! People of all ages wear hearing aids, from infantsto older adults. Those between the ages of 55-64 make up thelargest population of people with hearing loss,1 and, according tothe NIDCD,3 almost 50% of people with hearing loss areadolescents or younger adults.Keep this in mind… when you misunderstand someone, or fail tolaugh at a joke you didn’t hear, or don’t answer someone whenthey ask you a question, you are putting your hearing loss ondisplay.“An untreated hearing loss is more noticeable than hearing aids.”Dr. Sergei KochkinDo I need hearing aids in both ears?If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need to treat themboth with hearing aids. Studies have shown that, when twohearing aids are worn compared to just one, the ability to tellwhere sounds are coming from and to recognize speech issignificantly improved.In addition, people reported better sound quality, and betterhearing in background noise while wearing two hearing aidsSwift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service(724) 825-4480
versus only one.4 A potentially serious consequence of leavingone ear untreated, is that the ability to recognize speech maydiminish in that ear.The brain may even permanently lose the ability to recognizespeech if it is left deprived of sound for too long. The same holdstrue when neither ear is treated with amplification.2A man has two ears and one mouth that he hear much and speaklittle. (German proverb).How do I get hearing aids?Find a local provide with a good reputation. Purchasing the latesttechnology is only part of the solution. What comes next is evenmore important.That includes having an expert who can properly program thehearing aids, adjust them as needed, and troubleshoot based onthe feedback that you provide. It is also the provider’s job tocounsel you regarding realistic expectations and the normalacclimation period that occurs with new hearing aids.Swift Audiology is proud to have an A+ rating with the betterbusiness bureau!Written by Dr. Leslie Myers, AuD., Doctor of Audiology1Kochkin, S. Better Hearing Institute, www.betterhearing.org2Arlinger, S. (2003). Negative consequences of uncorrectedhearing loss- a review. International Journal of Audiology,42(Suppl 2:2S17-20). 3 National Institute on Deafness and OtherCommunication Disorders. 4 Kojbler, S. Rosenhall, U. & Hansson,H. (2001). Bilateral hearing aids- effects and consequences froma user perspective. Scandinavian Audiology, 30(4), 223-235.Swift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service(724) 825-4480
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