Hearing Loss Affects All Ages
Hearing loss can affect the young and the elderly—from students to grandparents. It is one of the most common “invisible” impairments, yet the resulting communication problems are noticeable to family and friends as well as acquaintances. They know hearing loss is present when difficulty understanding conversations is observed, such as repeated and misunderstood discussions. Social activities, likes meetings and celebrations, become very uncomfortable and often avoided. Subsequently, untreated hearing loss can possibly lead to avoidance, frustration, irritation, isolation and suspicion. Depression may result, too.
However, with today’s tools and technology, solutions are readily available to offer those with hearing loss independence, freedom and confidence, connecting them to people and conversations, engagements and events.
NOW is the right time to learn more about hearing loss, to gain a better connection to the world.
Wyoming Otolaryngology Audiology can help.
Do you have hearing loss?
Recognize Hearing Loss—Common Signs and Symptoms:
- Do you have difficulty following conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
- Do you have trouble hearing in noise?
- Do you strain to understand conversation in quiet?
- Do people complain that you turn up the television volume too high?
- Do you ask others to repeat what they say?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do you fear being called on at a meeting or conference settings because you cannot understand the comments or questions?
- Do you often miss the punchline of a joke?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
- Do you suspect those around you “mumble,” especially women and children?
- Do you have “ringing” or noises in your ears (possibly tinnitus)?
- Do you experience any dizziness?
- Do you find yourself reading people’s faces when in conversation?
If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, you should have your hearing tested.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining the type, degree and symmetry of your hearing loss. Do you have sensorineural hearing loss, such as high-frequency hearing loss, or do you have mixed hearing loss, a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss? Is your hearing loss mild or severe? Are you experiencing hearing loss in one ear, or are you experiencing hearing loss in both ears? The evaluation includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes.
Speech testing in quiet and noisy situations will also provide helpful measures to determine your auditory processing, or your ability to understand sounds.
Cheryl Drost, our board certified, dispensing audiologist, will review your results and discuss the best solutions for your hearing loss as well as personal listening needs and realistic expectations.