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Since approximately 15% of American adults report having some trouble hearing (according to NIH), it is likely that either you or someone you care for is affected by hearing loss. In several cases, the hearing loss is apparent to everyone including the patient. However, in many instances, patients will have a milder loss or perhaps a loss that has had a gradual onset.
What does mild loss of hearing or gradual onset of hearing loss look like?
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, we would encourage you to have your hearing tested by one of our audiologists. Fortunately, nowadays there are many options for individuals who struggle with hearing loss.
Of course, hearing aids are the devices that most individuals are familiar with. However, despite the fact that roughly 81% of users currently report being satisfied with their hearing aids, overall, only about 30% of individuals who report having hearing difficulty actually own a hearing aid (according to Marketrak IX).
Oftentimes individuals are reluctant to try hearing aids due to:
Although these are valid concerns, every person is unique so there is no way of knowing whether a hearing aid is going to help you unless you try one. Common reasons for a bad experience with hearing aids include:
If your hearing problem is severe enough or if there are other factors at play, a hearing aid may not even be appropriate for you. In such cases, our staff of audiologists and otolaryngologists are able to make sure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment, or that you are seen by a professional who is able to help you with your problem.
If you are not experiencing symptoms of hearing loss at this time, please remember to use hearing protection anytime you are exposed to loud noise (e.g., while mowing the lawn, using firearms or power tools, attending concerts, etc.). Your hearing is valuable and most hearing loss is permanent in nature. Nowadays, hearing protection is designed and available for just about any application imaginable. Concert-goers, band or orchestra teachers, factory workers, hunters, motorcycle riders etc., can all benefit from custom hearing protection, which we also provide at our office.
Please contact our office if you’re experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or if you’re interested in learning more about custom hearing protection to prevent hearing loss.