Understanding Hearing Loss
In adults, the most common cause of hearing loss is aging. However, there are other causes including: noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing loss can start at any age and is classified in degrees: mild, moderate, severe or profound. The amount of hearing loss is determined during a comprehensive hearing exam with a Licensed Audiologist who is specially trained and equipped to diagnose the hearing condition.
Signs of hearing loss
For those who are experiencing hearing loss, some sounds may not be clear or regular conversations may sound like mumbling or that people are talking too quickly. Distant noises like birds chirping outside or voices in another room may be more difficult to hear than before. Some pitches may be more difficult to hear, for example some voices may be easier to hear than others and high or low pitches may be more difficult to decipher. The onset of hearing loss can be quick or slow, here are some symptoms that may be signs of hearing loss:
- Frequently asking for what was said to be repeated
- Conversations sound mumbled
- Have to turn the radio or television volume up
- Having trouble hearing in a group
- Having difficulty hearing on the telephone
Although hearing loss can begin at any age, we recommend that all patients over the age of 65 have a hearing evaluation to determine any hearing loss. At the hearing evaluation, our Licensed Audiologist performs a series of painless tests designed to predict the body’s neurological and mechanical abilities to detect and amplify sound as well as determine the patient’s ability to interpret speech and different pitches of sound.
Our Hearing Services
Depending on the level of hearing loss determined in the hearing evaluation there are several services offered at our practice to assist our patients to hear better.
Our Licensed Audiologist is trained to determine the best hearing aid option for each particular hearing loss situation. There are a variety of types of hearing aids including: