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  1. 1. Swift Audiology & Hearing Aid Services addresses your thoughts about hearing loss and why you should seek hearing help. hearing loss has on one’s social and emotional "An untreated hearing loss is more noticeable life, it may come as a surprise to know that than hearing aids." Dr. Sergei Kochkin research study after study has linked untreated hearing loss with a decline in cognitive Do I need hearing aids inHow do I know if I have abilities.2 In fact, studies published recently both ears?hearing loss? in the Archives of Neurology show that If you have hearing loss in both ears, you Most hearing loss is caused by damage to hearing loss does contribute to memory loss, need to treat them both with hearing aids.the sensory cells in your inner ear. This type of dramatically. For every 10 decibels of hearing Studies have shown that, when two hearinghearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss, loss, the risk of Alzheimers goes up 20%. aids are worn compared to just one, the abilityand it is usually permanent. The damage can “That is what all poets do: they talk to to tell where sounds are coming from and tooccur due to aging, noise exposure, genetics, themselves out loud; and the world overhears recognize speech is significantly improved. Incertain medications, disease, or other factors. them. But it’s horribly lonely not to hear when addition, people reported better sound quality,In almost all cases, the only treatment is hearing someone else talks.” George Bernard Shaw and better hearing in background noise whileamplification.1 (Hearing aids or instruments) wearing two hearing aids versus only one.4 A Many people don’t realize they have hearing I would hear fine if people potentially serious consequence of leaving oneloss until it becomes fairly significant…..but the wouldn’t mumble! ear untreated, is that the ability to recognizepeople around them usually do. This is because Do you feel that everyone around you speech may diminish in that ear. The brainhearing loss usually occurs gradually, and month mumbles when they talk? There is a very good may even permanently lose the ability toto month changes aren’t perceptible. Friends explanation for this, and it has to do with your recognize speech if it is left deprived of soundand family often compensate for their loved hearing loss. Speech consists of vowels and for too long. The same holds true whenone’s hearing loss by speaking louder, consonants. The vowel sounds are loud and neither ear is treated with amplification.2automatically repeating themselves, or not deep in tone, while the consonants are very A man has two ears and one mouth that hespeaking up when they know they’ve been soft, high pitched sounds. Most people hear hear much and speak little. (German proverb).misheard. Though done out of love, it can the vowels better than consonants, bothprevent the person with hearing loss from because they’re louder sounds, and because How do I get hearing aids?seeking the necessary treatment. When you are hearing loss is often greater in the higher Find a local provider with a good reputation.turning up the TV to loud for others, have pitches where the consonants are located. If Purchasing the latest technology is only part ofdifficulty understanding in noise (especially you’re only hearing the vowels, words like, the solution. What comes next is even morewomen and children), people seem to mumble, “pick, bit, bid, pit, and pig” will all sound important. That includes having an expert whoor you have ringing in your ears- YOU similar. Your brain uses extra energy to try to can properly program the hearing aids, adjustSHOULD HAVE YOUR HEARING TESTED. figure out what was said based on the context them as needed, and troubleshoot based on the"The best method for breaking through of the conversation, and the speaker’s lip feedback that you provide. It is also theyour loved one’s resistance to hearing movement. You will find that you’re more provider’s job to counsel you regarding realistichelp is for YOU to stop being their ears." worn out at the end of the day than you would expectations and the normal acclimation period(Dr. Richard Carmen) be if you had hearing in the normal range. that occurs with new hearing aids. Swift Audiology is proud to have an A+I’m old, what do I need to Only old people wear hearing aids. rating with the BBB and has been providinghear for? This is not true! People of all ages wear trusted care for over 25 years. There are so many reasons, I don’t know hearing aids, from infants to older adults.where to start! Besides being able to stay Those between the ages of 55-64 make up the 1Kochkin, S. Better Hearing Institute,acclimated to the sounds of this world, largest population of people with hearing loss,1 www.betterhearing.org 2Arlinger, S. (2003). Negativecommunicate with your family, friends, and according to the NIDCD,3 almost 50% consequences of uncorrected hearing loss- a review. International Journal of Audiology, 42(Suppl 2:2S17-20).doctors, etc, hearing aids have been shown to of people with hearing loss are adolescents or 3 National Institute on Deafness and Otherimprove a person’s social, emotional, mental, younger adults. Keep this in mind… when Communication Disorders. 4 Kojbler, S. Rosenhall, U. &and cognitive well-being.1 That means an you misunderstand someone, or fail to laugh Hansson, H. (2001). Bilateral hearing aids- effects and at a joke you didn’t hear, or don’t answer consequences from a user perspective. Scandinavianimproved quality of life. No more isolating Audiology, 30(4), 223-235.yourself and losing touch in your relationships. someone when they ask you a question; youWhile many understand the impact that are putting your hearing loss on display. Swift Audiology is proud to offer you the opportunity to try LYRIC HEARING", invisible extended wear. 30 day, no risk trial. This article is written by Call for your pre-screening Dr. Leslie Myers-Battisti appointment to see if youre a candidate. on our staff. (As seen on CNN, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America,etc.) Debra Swift, B.C.-H.I.S. Leslie Dunst Leslie Myers-Battisti Contact us at 724.942.4700 or Original Founder/President MS.-CCCA AuD., 1.877.459.4413 toll free. 25 yr. + Senior Audiologist Dr. of Audiology