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May is National Better Hearing Month – Get Your Hearing Checked

Hearing loss is on the rise

May is National Better Hearing Month and Sound Hearing Solutions and the American Academy of Audiology are encouraging Americans to make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test. Healthy hearing means not waiting to check your hearing until hearing loss is so significant it’s impacting your ability to participate in your work, social events you enjoy, or conversations with loved ones. Changes in hearing may not be immediately noticeable but can make a big difference in quality of life.

Hearing loss impacts a large number of Americans. According to a 2016 study by the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69, have some trouble with hearing and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids. As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges. Growing numbers of younger Americans are also reporting hearing problems.

While age is still the greatest factor in hearing loss, many younger people also experience hearing difficulty due to exposure to loud music and noises including occupational noise. Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) have used them despite growing evidence that doing so results in better long-term outcomes.

Research demonstrates that untreated hearing loss in seniors is related to poor health outcomes including significantly increased falls and dementia. Individuals with even mild hearing loss experience significant impact in the form of reduced quality of life and cognitive health.

Audiologists are the experts in hearing health. While hearing aids are the most commonly recognized treatment for hearing loss, there are many factors that go into determining the best way to manage changes in hearing. An audiologist is the specialist who is best equipped determine the underlying reason for the hearing loss and to further determine the appropriate treatment. They also offer custom options for protecting hearing. To make an appointment today, contact Sound Hearing Solutions at 847-685-1000.


About the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center:
Our ENT physicians and audiologists are experts in the treatment of ear problems. Our Audiology staff are doctoral level audiologists who provide comprehensive hearing loss services, including hearing assessments, diagnosis, and treatment. The ENT physicians and audiologists collaborate in patient care to provide convenient, comprehensive care in one appointment. We are known for the compassionate care we provide by always going the extra mile for our patients.

A Note from our Audiologists:
As dedicated audiology professionals, we are motived be seeing the positive benefit hearing health makes in peoples’ lives. And we love watching our patients thrive with better hearing! We are grateful that this awareness month was created to shine a light on the significance of hearing loss.
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Representing the interests of audiologists and future audiologists nationwide, the Academy is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. For more information, visit www.audiology.org.


 

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