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Terri Ellert, HIS

Terri has been in practice as a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist for the past 11 years and is a co-founder of the Hearing Centers of Arizona.
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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and throughout the month many organizations in the hearing care industry are leading activities and offering information to promote hearing health. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) has called this year’s theme in 2019, “Communication Across the Lifespan.”

 

Communication Across the Lifespan

Most communication disorders are treatable, but are often overlooked.  The longer hearing loss or related conditions are overlooked, the harder they can be to treat or manage. In order to have the best communication across a life span, early detection of hearing loss or speech and language disorders contributes to shorter treatment periods, reduced costs, and a better quality of life

For this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, ASHA is leading consumer outreach activities that are focused on technology and communication. ASHA will engage in a multifaceted public education effort on the importance of human communication and safe listening with personal technology, as Smartphones and tablets, become increasingly popular among children and adults. ASHA will highlight the importance of ear protection through a lifetime, safe listening practices and how to detect if a hearing loss is present. The goal is to make more children, teenagers, adults, and medical professionals understand the critical need for early treatment.

 

Practice Prevention

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. In fact, ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise, while thirty million are exposed to hazardous noise levels each day at work or for recreation. Understanding your environment and how the noises that you are exposed to can potentially impact your hearing will help you to protect yourself from unnecessary hearing loss. If you must raise your voice to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within an arm’s length away, that noise could be a serious risk to your hearing.

Recreational settings are many times disregarded, but being aware of hazardous noise like fireworks, power tools, the powerful engines of muscle cars, sporting events, and concerts can present a risk to your hearing. Many young adults suffer from hearing loss as a result of listening to excessively loud music, turning the volume too high on their headphones. It is important to carry ear protection with you and put them on when ever you are in an environment you suspect could injure your hearing.  If you are listening to headphones make sure to keep the volume at 60% of it’s potential volume or lower and remember that the longer the exposure to a loud noise, the more harm it can do. Don’t forget that once you injure your hearing, it can never naturally come back.

 

The Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss

Many studies show that hearing loss negatively affects social, physical, and cognitive aspects of daily routines. Though hearing impairment can often be easily corrected, relatively few take advantage of available solutions. According to a study conducted by The National Council on Aging, untreated hearing loss can result in significant emotional and social consequences. The study found that hearing-impaired adults with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia and were less likely to participate in social activities compared with those who wore hearing aids. Studies have shown that even a mild untreated hearing loss can have adverse effects on an individual’s social, psychological, cognitive, and overall health.

As a result of some of these conditions, individuals with hearing loss struggle to perform many everyday tasks, such as understanding conversations with loved ones or friends and with hearing the TV, music, or telephone conversations. Frustration with the inability to hear and understand conversations frequently causes older adults with hearing loss to avoid noisy places and social situations. This can impact your relationships at home and at work, lowering your earning potential and causing huge rifts in your relationships.  This can lead to isolation, depression and even brain disease like dementia.

 

Seek Help Now with Hearing Centers of Arizona

Once you understand the dangers of not treating your hearing and the benefits hearing aids can provide to fix these problems seeking treatment should seem like a no brainer! Contact us at Hearing Centers of Arizona this May to get a hearing test and get back on the road to a healthy life with healthy hearing!  The sooner you treat your hearing the faster you can get back to living the life you deserve.

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