“Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions and has important implications for patient quality of life. However, hearing loss is substantially undetected and untreated.”
This is the conclusion of a review of research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions, and has huge effect on a person’s quality of life. However, hearing loss is substantially under-detected and undertreated. It is recommended that primary care physicians screen for hearing loss during routine physical examinations of their patients that are over 55 years of age. Unfortunately, despite these recommendations, it’s estimated that less than 15% of primary care physicians routinely screen their patients for hearing loss during an exam.
What can YOU do? We encourage you to prompt your doctor to screen you for hearing loss, or simply asking about hearing loss would be helpful. It can be hard to admit you are experiencing hearing difficulty, or maybe you don’t even notice it, but it’s always a good idea to talk to you doctor about it. Your doctor may even appreciate hearing about your experiences and be eager to help!
If you are already someone who has benefited from hearing aids, we encourage you to let your doctor know all the difference good hearing healthcare has made in your life. Please help us spread the word about the importance of better hearing. If you are someone that we have helped in any way, we encourage letting your doctor know how we’ve improved yours, a family members, or a friend’s hearing so more doctors know about our care and services. If you have never visited us before, give us a call! We would be happy to meet you!
If you or someone you know thinks you may be experiencing hearing loss, take our online hearing test here! If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing checked by one of our Doctors of Audiology. Make your appointment today! Call us at (714) 731-6549!
- Think people mumble?
- Strain to hear when someone talks or whispers?
- Have difficulty hearing someone call from behind or from another room?
- Need to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow the conversation?
- Have difficulty following a conversation in meetings, at church or in lectures?
- Need to turn up the volume on the TV or radio?
- Find it hard to hear clearly on the telephone?
- Have difficulty hearing at the theater, cinema, or other entertainment venues?
- Find it hard to hear in noisy environments like a restaurant or a car?
- Ask people to repeat certain words?
- Dread social activities because it’s difficult to hear and communicate?
- Have noticeable hearing loss in one or both ears?