In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans with hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology and Hart Hearing Centers is celebrating Better Hearing Month this May.
As part of Better Hearing Month, HHC is encouraging consumers to be more aware of their hearing health.
Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.
On average, most Americans consider hearing loss a condition that is simply associated with aging and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition.
“Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises; ear infections, trauma or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum; illness or certain medications; and deterioration due to normal aging process,” audiologist Stephen Hart said.
Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages. Patients may need to see an audiologist if they have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy environment such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to them without looking at them or have a constant ringing or pain in their ears. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices and hearing rehabilitation.
For information, call 585-266-4130 or email peter@harthearing.com.