Hear the Holidays!
With the Holiday season now in full force, hearing can become even more important to individuals. No one wants to miss out on family gatherings and social events due to a hearing loss. A hearing loss can cause much frustration and added stress to an already busy season. Looking to improve hearing and getting the extra help needed to manage those difficult listening environments can provide a great sense of relief and improvement in overall quality of life.
The first step …
When seeking options for treatment of a hearing loss, it would always be advisable to seek help from a licensed Audiologist as he or she has a more complete training and working knowledge of the auditory system. A doctor of audiology specializes in management and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. In case a hearing loss is connected with a more complex medical issue, the involvement of an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat physician) may be required.
How hearing aids help
Increased confidence. It is common for individuals with untreated hearing loss to withdraw from social interactions. This is often due to a lack of confidence in their ability to communicate accurately. Improving communicative attempts with the use of hearing aids can give a patient the confidence and motivation to stay active and engaged in social events.
Improved environmental awareness. There are many sounds in our everyday life that are essential to our overall safety and well-being. Sounds such as sirens, alarms, rattlesnakes, babies crying and doorbells can all be missed by an individual with untreated hearing loss. The world is a noisy place full of sounds that are extremely important to our everyday life.
Consistent stimulation. Auditory information is processed in specific portions of our brain and when a hearing loss is present those portions of the brain are not being stimulated as they should. Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. of Johns Hopkins University school of medicine has conducted significant research on the correlation between hearing loss and cognition. Dr. Lin’s research looks at the difference in brain structure changes between individuals with normal hearing and those with hearing loss. Lin indicates that the lack of auditory stimulation can cause the brain to atrophy at increased rates.
If you or a loved one have noticed increased difficulties in communication and are ready to talk about options for improving your hearing, call ENT Audiology Center at (325) 437-3617 to set up your comprehensive hearing evaluation. ENT Audiology Center, “Helping You Hear Better So You Can Live Life Better.”