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While at Fidelity Hearing Center, we think every month should be better hearing month, May is special. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has established May as a month to emphasis hearing loss and treatment. This year’s theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.” From newborns to seniors, hearing loss and the failure to treat hearing loss can have significant impacts. So, help us celebrate May and get a hearing evaluation at Southern California’s premier audiology clinic – Fidelity Hearing Center.
Hearing Loss in the United States
Hearing loss affects individuals of all ages, from newborn to adult. Early intervention and treatment would benefit all, but rarely is it done. We at Fidelity, would like to encourage you to put an annual hearing test on your “to-do” lists and get more frequent tests if you feel your hearing is at risk.
Out of every 1,000 children born in the United States, about two out of three has some sort of detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Nearly 15% of children ages 6-19 have hearing loss in one or both ears.
As for adults, 15% of American adults, or about 37.5 million, over the age of 18, report trouble hearing, according to government health studies. In this country nearly all newborns are getting their hearing screened, but many who are tabbed with a potential problem are not getting follow up care. For adults, only about one in seven, or 14%, over the age of 50 diagnosed with some type of hearing loss, use hearing aids even though they could benefit from the amplification.
Recognize the Signs of Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss in children shoulders them with a terrible burden. Hearing is critical to speech and brain development. Children with hearing issues face a sort of domino affect of problems, they are challenged academically, their career choices are limited and they experience social and quality of life issues.
Some signs that your child may need hearing help include: lack of attention to sound, not responding to their name being called, not being able to follow simple verbal instructions, digging, pulling or scratching at their ears, academic difficulties and social awkwardness.
In adults, untreated hearing loss has been shown to lead to early on-set dementia, hypertension, sleep issues, diabetes, propensity for falling, social isolation and depression.
Signs of hearing issues in adults include: ringing or buzzing in the ears, failure to respond appropriately to speech, muffled hearing, trouble processing conversation, avoiding situations where background noise is high, social isolation and depression. Untreated hearing loss has even been linked to higher mortality! A study in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery found that adults age 70 and up with hearing loss were 21 to 39% more likely to die over the next few years than those without hearing loss. Hearing loss and treatment should be taken seriously.
There’s Good News!
A large survey from the National Council on Aging showed that adults who used hearing aids reported significant improvements in many areas of their lives including relationships at home and work, mental health, sense of safety and overall quality of life.
The first step is calling Fidelity Hearing Center for a hearing evaluation. Our audiologist has more than 10 years of experience helping individuals in Southern California hear better through advanced digital hearing aid solutions.
Technology has done marvelous things with hearing aids. They have truly become devices with super powers. They are so small they can fit in your ear or ear canal. If needed, they can be custom shaped for your particular ear canal or ear. They have tiny built in microphones that adjust automatically to the noise around them and can help you filter out background noise so you can enjoy a conversation in a crowded situation. They are digital so no more batteries to change and they hold a charge longer and can be set on a charging station to charge. They allow you to stream sound directly from the television, your phone, an iPad or your computer.
Fidelity Hearing Center
At Fidelity Hearing Center, we provide comprehensive hearing health services. The first step is the hearing evaluation which is painless and will help us determine your course of treatment. We will then fit you with hearing aids that reflect your lifestyle wishes. We believe in follow-up care to make sure you are comfortable with your hearing aids and can use them correctly. Celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month this May by contacting us for a consultation!