Hearing Loss in the Workforce

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

Chere Fourie, AU.D, CCC-A, F-AAA

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.

5 Ways to Tackle Allergies This Season

Struggling with Allergies?

Life is hard enough without dealing with allergies. We’re here to help you tackle ​allergy season​ with these five tips.

1. Know what your symptoms mean.

Get frequent or long-lasting ​colds in the spring or fall​? Suffer from ​seasonal exhaustion​? This is likely due to allergies. ​Allergy testing​ can help sort this out so you get effective treatment and feel better.

2. Remove the triggers.

Many allergy sufferers try to manage their environment by ​removing triggers​ by vacuuming regularly, eliminating carpet where they can, and washing bedding regularly in hot water, as a few examples. These tips can help ​reduce allergen exposure​, but they are rarely adequate.

3. Be Aware of Oral Allergy Syndrome.

Many pollens can cross react with foods with similar proteins. A couple classic examples of

pollen-and-food pairs that exacerbate symptoms​ are ragweed and melon in the fall, or birch trees and apples in the spring. These cross reactivities can cause an ​itchy mouth or throat or tongue swelling when eating theses foods in the high season for these pollens. ​Educate yourself​ and avoid these pairings, or try cooking the offending food to help break down the proteins and improve tolerability.

4. Manage those medications.

Not all over-the-counter allergy medications are created equal. Some work well for ​sneezing and drainage​ but do very little for ​congestion​. Others can cause bothersome side effects. Some are more effective in combination. Work with the experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology to find an allergy treatment regimen that works best for you.

5. Hit allergies with your best shot.

Allergy immunotherapy is the most effective option for treating allergies. After being tested to find out what specifically you are allergic to, you may be put on an ​immunotherapy​ regimen​ that includes weekly shots or daily oral drops to ​build up tolerance​ to the offending allergen. The ​specialists at Wyoming Otolaryngology​ are expert in allergy testing and providing safe and effective allergy immunotherapy.

Ready to start the conversation when it comes to your seasonal allergies? ​
Contact us today​ ​at (307) 577-4240​.

4 Tips To Protect Your Hearing This Fourth of July

Fireworks

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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Choosing Hearing Instruments

Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
Wyoming Otolaryngology
Casper, Wyoming

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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