July 5, 2017 Audiology
Do you feel like you’re not hearing as well as you think you should? Perhaps you find yourself saying, “What,” or “Huh?” more often than you should. Or maybe your loved ones and friends are constantly nagging at you to turn the TV volume down. These are all very common signs that you may need to have your hearing tested. What many people don’t realize is that hearing loss can have a gradual onset; therefore, some people are not even aware their hearing is declining, which is why it’s important to monitor your hearing health, just as you would your vision and dental!
The process of hearing begins when sound waves enter the ear. The waves then travel through the ear to the part known as the cochlea. This is a snail-shaped organ filled with tiny hair cells. With some types of hearing loss, these tiny hair cells become damaged and cannot transmit sound properly. This damage can be associated with many different causes, such as aging or excessive noise exposure. To keep your ears and hearing system working optimally, it’s best to identify hearing loss early and treat it right away. The first step is to talk to a hearing care professional. An Audiologist will talk to you about your experiences and areas of difficulty, and review your medical history. Secondly, an ear exam will take place to make sure they’re healthy and clean. Next, a thorough hearing test will be conducted, and then your Audiologist will go over your results with you. Based upon your results, if treatment is appropriate your doctor will discuss your options.
If you have any questions regarding your hearing or would like to make an appointment with one of our Providers, please contact our professional office staff here. We are here to help you Enjoy the Sound of Life!