Hearing is one of the most important senses we have. Although many who have all of their senses would argue that having a vision loss would be worse, those who have suffered with both loss of vision and loss of hearing usually would prefer to have their hearing restored – because then one can communicate with others. We thrive on communication.
Based on standard hearing evaluations, one in eight Americans have hearing loss. Since many (but not all!) lose some hearing with age, the rate of disabling hearing loss increases as we get older.
Hudson ENT otolaryngologists are involved with hearing loss at all ages. When a newborn is found to have hearing loss, they are referred. In the young and teenage group, we often counsel children about the exposure to loud noise, especially the sounds that are coming from personal hearing devices such as “Air Pods”. When we are young, the loss of anything is not often on our minds. But hearing loss – which can lead to disability, ringing in the ears, balance problems and more – can creep up on someone and has happened to some teenagers due to using amplification or due to being at the wrong place at the wrong time (for example, at a concert or fireworks show).
With many people wearing masks these days, it is more important than ever to be sure you can hear your surroundings. We often take cues from lip reading and facial expressions about the conversation and communication being had. How is your hearing?
At Hudson ENT, we have a dedicated and experienced audiologist, Dr. Lynch-Rinaldi, who knows how to offer solutions for your hearing needs. We assess the degree of inner ear problem and offer solutions that meet your needs. Many come and need only a slight medical treatment (for example, treatment for middle ear fluid or other medical problem) and do not need to purchase a hearing aid device.
Since about one in five who have purchased hearing aids do not use them, we enter the conversation from a pragmatic perspective. It takes getting used to, for sure. But since hearing devices can now interface directly with your smart phone or other smart home technology, many are eager to learn how to jump in and increase their quality of life.
From the Laconia Daily Sun: “Although it may be frustrating to admit it, don’t bluff about hearing ability. Ask people to repeat their statement with different words if something isn't understood. Ask for important details in writing. Bring along a friend or family member to help fill in gaps, especially when attending important appointments or meetings.
Research demonstrates that brain matter shrinks when uncorrected hearing loss is present, also a sign of dementia. There is also an increase in the risk of falling. Hearing aids can help, as they retrain the brain to hear. To be effective, it’s important to wear hearing aids for the majority of waking hours. Sometimes, it might be better to purchase a less-advanced hearing aid with accessories that can assist in situations when listening at a distance or with competing noise. An audiologist can help determine what is best.”
Do you or your loved one have some of the issues discussed above? Come to Hudson ENT for a communication needs assessment – call us at 845-758-1456 or check us out at www.hudsonent.com.