Hearing loss can be subtle—so subtle that it is common for people to disregard their hearing loss for more than 10 years before seeking treatment.¹
That’s too bad, because when your hearing nerves and the areas of the brain responsible for hearing are deprived of sound, they weaken. And that means that improving hearing through the use of a hearing aid is all that much more difficult. So the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to hear well again.
Consider these five benefits to treating hearing loss sooner rather than later:
- Relationships: Relationships rely on good communication. Hearing loss can hinder the potential for responsiveness, but using hearing aids is the start to repairing communication.
- Earnings: Hearing is critical to meeting one’s full potential at work. Studies show that risk of income loss can be reduced by using hearing aids.²
- Cognitive skills: Studies show that seniors with hearing loss are more prone to dementia, but by using hearing aids, they likely can improve their cognitive skills.²
- Happiness: Hearing loss can make people feel frustrated and alone. Restoring the ability to engage socially and live confidently boosts quality of life.
- Self-confidence: Using hearing aids to bring back the gift of sound can improve one’s sense of control and self-confidence.
¹ American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA). Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults—A Growing National Epidemic, Accessed April 2016.
² Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Addressing Hearing Loss Proves Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee. Accessed May 2015.
6 Things to Expect at Your First Hearing Evaluation
Posted on April 19, 2016 by gnresound
Having your hearing checked for the first time? Congratulations! A hearing evaluation is a great first step toward hearing health. But you may wonder what happens at a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Well, typically six things:
1. Medical and Hearing History: After you fill out a few forms, your hearing care professional will ask about your medical and hearing history.
2. Physical Ear Exam: Expect your hearing care professional to look into both ear canals to check their general health. They will also remove earwax if necessary.
3. Comprehensive Hearing Test: Your hearing care professional will use advanced testing equipment to measure your hearing. He or she wants to determine where loss has occurred and to what degree. He or she will also measure your ability to understand speech clearly.
4. Hearing Device Demonstration: You may try on hearing aids to experience today’s advanced technology. Your hearing care professional may demonstrate some basic device functionality. But don’t worry: today’s hearing aids are getting simpler and smarter all the time.
5. Needs and Lifestyle Assessment: Your hearing care professional will ask you (and your companion if you have one) a variety of questions to better understand your lifestyle and what listening situations trouble you most. This step is very helpful in getting a hearing recommendation tailored to your needs.
6. Results Review and Treatment: Your hearing care professional will review results of both your hearing test and needs assessment. If necessary, together you’ll choose a treatment option to improve your hearing.
Simple and straightforward. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to have a comprehensive hearing test! At Luna Family Hearing your test is free! Call to schedule today at 425-455-5596 or 1-855-HEAR-NOW in Oregon and Washington states.
According to the American Diabetes Association, hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. And, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose.
This World Health Day (April 7, 2016) focuses on diabetes, the chronic disease that was the direct cause of death for 1.5 million people in 2012 and is projected to be the 7th leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
Diabetes is a nasty condition that can, over time, seriously compromise every major organ in the body. Heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, impotence and infections that can lead to amputations. It is also a condition that is described as epidemic in its rapid increase.
According to the WHO, “a large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.”
It is recommended for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes that you have a annual hearing test to record your baseline hearing and monitor any deterioration in your hearing which may indicate a hearing loss that may require amplification.
Call Luna Family Hearing today at 1-855-HEAR-NOW or 1-855-432-7669 in WA or OR for a FREE HEARING TEST to help you monitor your hearing!
Take care of your body and your hearing!
Can a hearing aid help your brain process more efficiently?
Yes, says to Dr. Jamie Desjardins, Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language pathology program at the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas. According to UTEP News, untreated hearing loss can lead to serious emotional and social consequences along with reduced job performance and a lower quality of life.
“If you have some hearing impairment and you’re not using hearing aids, maybe you can figure out what the person has said, but that comes with a cost,” Desjardins explained. “You may actually be using the majority of your cognitive resources – your brain power – in order to figure out that message.”
Dr. Desjardins studied a group of individuals in their 50s and 60s with mild to severe hearing loss and designed a series of cognitive tests. Her study concluded that “directional microphone processing effectively reduced the cognitive load of listening to speech in background noise. This is significant because it is likely that listeners with hearing impairment will frequently encounter noisy speech in their everyday communications.” (Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 2016 Jan:27(1):29-42.)
Think you may be experiencing hearing loss? Schedule a hearing test today! Call us at 1-855-HEAR-NOW or 425-455-5596 for a FREE Hearing Test. You can also request an appointment online at www.lunafamilyhearing.com/ReSoundLinx