Hearing Loss

Roughly 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Our sense of hearing is necessary for good cognition, effective communication, strong relationships, and proper balance. We often take this important sense for granted until a decline in hearing ability happens. As we age, the hair cells within the inner ear – which are responsible for hearing – begin to naturally deteriorate. This is known as presbycusis or age-related sensorineural hearing loss.

While the most common factor, age is not the only cause of hearing loss. People of any age can have a hearing impairment, including children. Common causes include:

Signs of Hearing Loss

Every hearing loss is different and for some people, it may be difficult to recognize the signs right away, especially if your hearing loss has occurred gradually over the course of a few years. These are among the most common signs that you or someone you know may have a hearing loss:
If you have noticed any of these signs, it may be time for a hearing check.

Importance of Managing Hearing Loss

When left untreated, hearing loss can have a negative impact on many aspects of life. Research has shown that individuals who have hearing loss but leave it untreated experience a higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia compared to those who wear hearing aids. This is because the brain relies on sound signals to stay active and healthy. Without good hearing ability, we miss out on certain sounds, which can lead to atrophy and mental fatigue.

It’s important to manage the signs of hearing loss immediately. Hearing aids can help you hear better, provide clarity, and help you distinguish the speaker in a noisy environment. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from living your healthiest and most active life possible! Contact our hearing center today to schedule an appointment.

Hearing and Balance

Many people may not realize it, but our hearing and balance are connected. Our sense of balance comes from within the cochlea – which is where our hearing nerve is located – and works in tandem with our eyes. While not always, a balance disorder can happen in conjunction with hearing loss. It is not unusual for those who suffer from dizziness or vertigo to also experience hearing loss or tinnitus. Sometimes, using hearing aids to manage hearing loss can also address symptoms of dizziness or unbalance.

Our audiologist can help you manage hearing loss and feel steady on your feet again.

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