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May is National Better Hearing Month

May is National Better Hearing Month and The Ear, Nose, and Throat Center and the American Academy of Audiology are encouraging the public to contact an audiologist if they suspect hearing loss for themselves or any of their loved ones. It’s important to make an appointment now and not procrastinate.

Hearing loss alone causes many to feel isolated, lonely and can lead to depression. Large numbers of the population experience hearing loss, 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. Untreated hearing loss may lead to falls and/or dementia.

While age is still the greatest factor in hearing loss, many younger people also experience hearing problems due to exposure to loud music and noise—including occupational noise. Individuals who work in construction, landscape, airport runway jobs, law enforcement, and other occupations where there is noise exposure, often experience some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing aids are not always the recommended solution, which is why it’s important to consult an audiologist who can further determine the appropriate treatment. Sometimes the cause is temporary or a symptom of another illness or disease.

Signs of hearing loss may include:

  • Suddenly turning up the volume on the television, radio, or computer and having others complain that the volume is too loud.
  • Difficulty understanding people speaking to you and asking them to repeat themselves.
  • Sudden inability to hear the doorbell, the dog barking and other household sounds.
  • People telling you that you speak too loudly.
  • Ringing in the ears.

School-aged children with hearing loss will sometimes exhibit poor school performance because they can’t understand teacher assignments or classroom interactions. If hearing loss has been present from a young age, they often don’t recognize the loss and can’t identify the problem. Having school children home during the pandemic has been an opportunity for parents to observe their children throughout the day to further determine any hearing difficulties.


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 approximately 14,000 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 or to find an audiologist, go to www.howsyourhearing.org.

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