According to the Hearing Loss Association, approximately 48 million Americans (20%) self-report some form of hearing difficulty. It is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease affecting people of all ages. These are pretty important numbers since 60% of these individuals are in the active workforce. Many are postponing retirement and stay actively involved in business, mentoring, and education. Some of these hard-working individuals benefit with help from properly fitted hearing instruments, while others are just ‘getting by.’
But at what cost?
For those who live and work with untreated hearing loss, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) notes that household income is negatively impacted by an average of $12,000 a year. The use of hearing instruments may increase earning potential by as much as 50% (Better Hearing Institute) of the difference. In short, the cost is great and that is just financially speaking.
Here are some of the other benefits of addressing hearing issues:
– Improve job performance
– Gain sense of control
– Enhance communication skills
– Improve professional and interpersonal relationships
– Improve overall quality of life
The professionals at Wyoming Otolaryngology are the leading hearing health experts offering full hearing evaluations, review of test results with you and preferably with a significant other, and discussion of solutions (appropriate medical or non- medical). They are leading in current technologies with limitless potential to connect to the workplace, interpersonal communication, software, and noise reduction that at times will outdo the person with normal hearing in difficult listening situations.
The good news is that there are effective ways to improve your quality of life, manage hearing loss at work, and increase earning potential. With state of the art technology and care provided by the professionals at Wyoming Otolaryngology, you and your loved ones will gain answers and solutions to hearing loss challenges, combined with a continual source of support.
Ready to start the conversation? Contact Wyoming Otolaryngology to schedule a hearing test today: 307-577-4240
Wyoming Otolaryngology is pleased to welcome Chere Fourie to our team.
Chere earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Deaf Studies in 2014 and her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology in 2018 from Towson University, Maryland.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
She is Board Certified through the American Board of Audiology. Her special interests include adult and pediatric diagnostics, hearing instrument services, electrophysiologic testing, tinnitus, and sign language.
In her spare time, Chere enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and exploring new places in Wyoming.
With Fourth of July just around the corner, we’re all getting excited for the bright light shows, delicious barbecue foods, and time spent with friends and family. One thing none of us get excited for, or maybe even think about? Hearing damage!
The leading hearing health experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology would like to help you be prepared this year with the following tips to protect your and your loved ones’ ears:
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Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
We are all familiar with the mantra, “When purchasing real estate, base your decision on Location, Location, Location.” Similarly, when making a decision to purchase hearing instruments (formerly referred to as hearing aids), follow three simple rules: provider, product and service.
Finding a provider of hearing instruments can be confusing. There are a plethora of acronyms used by those who offer hearing instruments for sale. Some have extensive education and credentials; others may have more of a sales orientation. In the recent past, Consumer Reports suggests finding a provider who is part of a medical practice—specifically, an Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) practice, specializing in hearing healthcare. This is important since hearing loss can be caused by a variety of situations. An Otolaryngology practice with an Audiology component can best serve your complete hearing healthcare needs. Since it is actually your brain that does the hearing, not just your ears, you want to make sure your provider understands the whole picture.
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