Did you know that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month? Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM) aims to bring awareness of communication disorders to our communities across America. At Puget Sound Hearing Aids
and Audiology, our audiologists are working to bring as many resources and helpful guides to the fingertips of our community. Public awareness of communications disorders can aid in early detection and even possible prevention of hearing loss.
Currently, more than 36 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Most people assume that hearing loss only affects the aging population. However, over half of those with hearing impairment are younger than age 65. One in three of that population develop their hearing loss from noise exposure.
With the younger populations using earbuds and listening to music or streaming at louder volumes than are safe, the hearing loss crowd is getting younger and younger. Noise induced hearing loss is prolonged exposure to noise above a safe listening volume. Loud noise environments are places such as concerts, sporting events, using lawn care equipment, and fireworks, just to name a few! This type of noise exposure is easily avoidable with the use of hearing protection. Noise induced hearing loss is the most preventable type of hearing loss.
There are many other causes of hearing loss other than noise exposure. They can be, but are not limited to, ear infections, ear trauma, ear disease, illness or certain medications, and age related hearing loss. Considering these types of hearing losses, often it is difficult to recognize the cause specifically. There can also be multiple causes combined that result in a loss for you or your family member. The important thing is: if you notice changes in your hearing, the first step is to schedule a hearing test
with us at Puget Sound Hearing Aids and Audiology.
Though hearing loss is an invisible condition, there are certain telltale signs. You may seem to have difficulty hearing or communicating in noisy environments. You may feel that you can hear when someone is talking in that environment, but you cannot understand clearly the words they are saying. You may also feel people in general seem to ‘mumble’ or not enunciate properly.
Other signs of hearing loss are when you feel you aren’t hearing or understanding what someone is saying unless they’re facing you during a conversation. Additionally, you may be hearing ringing or buzzing in your ears during any or all of the aforementioned situations which may significantly distract you or hinder you from conversation. Any or all of these may be occurring with you or a family member.
If you feel you have a loss, or know someone that may be experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to recognize the loss as soon as possible so it can be addressed properly. It’s important to seek out professional assessment and guidance
. An audiologist is trained to diagnose and treat hearing, and balance disorders. An audiologist is the most qualified specialist to work with you regarding your hearing loss based off of their educational background. An audiologist receives a doctorate degree in order to become specialized in the medical field in regards to hearing loss and balance disorders.
Here at Puget Sound Hearing Aids and Audiology, we are trained to prescribe, fit, and dispense amplification to you, the patient. We hope to work with you to form a trusting relationship in which you and your family can trust us to manage and guide your hearing health.
At Puget Sound Hearing Aids and Audiology, our hearing care professional team is happy to assist you in taking the next step in regards to your hearing health. We know that it is a sensitive, yet emotionally charged, decision in simply admitting there is a loss. We are confident in knowing how to move forward with you or your family member in treating the loss and building an exceptional quality of life.
If you feel you need assistance taking the next step, we are here for you. Please feel free to contact us
at one of our locations
to set up an appointment to have your hearing tested. We will discuss your medical history along with your goals for our appointment together.
Don’t let Better Speech and Hearing month pass you by without taking a moment to recognize what you or a loved one may be experiencing with hearing loss! We are here to help guide you in your next step towards an improved level of communication.