Hearing Loss Overview
Do you find yourself constantly insisting to family and friends that your hearing “is not that bad” or that you “hear what you want to hear?” Did you know that untreated hearing loss can cost a person thousands of dollars per year in lost income? Are you ready to stop “hearing what you want to hear” and save your hearing before it’s too late?
A sure sign that you may be losing your hearing is when a loved one suggests you may need a hearing aid. Some other signs that it’s time to see an audiologist include:
- You have trouble understanding names or phone numbers read or said over a telephone.
- You have difficulty following a conversation involving more than two people talking.
- You’re frequently asked to turn the TV down.
- People sound like they are mumbling or not speaking clearly.
- Children or women’s’ voices are hard to understand.
- You ask people to repeat themselves more than once a day.
If you’re reading this because you or a loved one has been in denial that they have a hearing problem, consider this: you’re not alone. Approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss, and like yourself or your loved one, it was something they weren’t ready to accept until something major happened in their life that made them realize they need help. Most people deny their hearing loss for an average of seven years before they finally seek treatment. You owe it to yourself, and your loved ones, to get treated for your hearing loss now–not seven years from now.
Hearing loss can have several causes:
- It could be an abnormality anywhere from within the opening of the ear inward to the hearing nerve upward to the brain.
- It could be either a temporary or fluctuating hear loss, or it could be permanent.
- It may be a symptom of an underlying minor or serious medical condition.
Left untreated, hearing loss can adversely impact your income-earning capacity, and it can isolate you from loved ones. It also can cause depression and anxiety and has been proven to lead to an increased chance of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Medical research has proven that approximately 90 percent of hearing loss is treatable by a Doctor of Audiology, so you don’t have to suffer in silence with hearing loss.
Our qualified Doctors of Audiology can perform a complete evaluation of your hearing loss to determine the appropriate course of treatment. If your condition requires referral to an additional specialist or surgeon, you can be rest assured the Doctors of Audiology from the Hearing and Balance Institute of the Rockies, Inc. are experts at detecting these conditions and working with other top medical professionals to coordinate your treatment.