by Dr. Alexis Heffner
Happy May! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month- a time to raise awareness about preventing, identifying, treating, and managing hearing loss.
Did you know that hearing health has a direct effect on your overall health and well-being? Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, depression, social isolation, fatigue, and safety and balance, amongst many other issues. Some of the signs of hearing loss may include muffled sounding speech and sounds, trouble hearing in background noise, or asking for repetition. Other symptoms may be having to turn up the volume on media devices and ringing, buzzing, or humming in the ears, which you may have heard of referred to as tinnitus.
If you or a loved one are noticing difficulty hearing or experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative to seek help before a hearing loss leads to further issues.
When scheduling a hearing evaluation with your audiologist, you can expect a straightforward appointment to gather information and possibly diagnose a hearing issue. From there, we will recommend treatment options and when it would be best to have your hearing re-evaluated.
Let’s spread the word about better hearing from infant to elder. We urge you to consider having your hearing checked, wear hearing protection in loud environments, and encourage others to do the same. We are “hear” for you. Cheers for ears!