The Other Side of 50 December 2011

Hearing loss is a problem that’s easier than ever to fix

By From page D7 | December 30, 2011

Hearing loss is a problem that is easier than ever to solve.

It’s a fact: one in every five Americans older than 12 have a hard time hearing, according to a Johns Hopkins University study.

Only a fraction of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss actually seeks treatment.

What’s scary is that hearing loss has been linked to lots of other degenerative conditions, but many seem to be unaware that treatment is critical.

Not only can difficulty hearing lead to social isolation, anxiety and low self-esteem, but countless medical studies show untreated hearing loss can lead to greater risk of dementia, poor brain function and even balance problems, which could lead to a bad fall.

When someone is hard of hearing, their brain must take more energy to comprehend speech. This goes for music, TV shows and movies, everyday interactions and conversations over the dinner table.

Someone who has endured difficulty hearing for a long period of time knows it can be physically exhausting trying to keep up (and can cause many to simply tune out).

These emotional, psychological and physical drains should be at the forefront of any discussion about hearing loss and how to find a solution.

When searching for a way to solve hearing loss, it’s important to realize no Website or newspaper article will help as much as a trained otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat doctor) and an audiologist. They will be able to diagnose the type and progression of hearing loss and then work to find a solution to fit the certain lifestyle.

While hearing aids are one option, it’s important to find the right design, the right technology for the listening environment and the right price.

This can be a quick and painless process for the right medical practice. Many doctors don’t even charge for the first consultation, which is one of the best ways to gauge different options.

If a loved one is trying to ignore hearing loss, help them get started. The risks alone of untreated hearing loss should be enough to motivate anyone to seek a solution.

The benefits gained from fully restored hearing are the reward for tackling the problem head-on and not accepting the thought hearing loss is permanent.

For help call the licensed audiologists at Marshall ENT and Hearing at 530-344-2010.

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