Hearing loss is extremely common; nearly 48 million people in Utah and throughout the United States suffer from this condition. For most of these individuals, a hearing aid can be used to treat their hearing loss. But unfortunately, many individuals simply choose to forgo this tried and true treatment for good ol’ fashion denial that anything is wrong.
I don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble choosing a $3 tube of toothpaste; don’t get me started on how stressful it is making a real decision. This would include buying a car, house or hearing aid. There are 48 million people in Utah and throughout the country with hearing loss. Most of these individuals could benefit from the use of a hearing aid while only 20 percent of those actually use one. Why? Some audiologists believe it is because the process seems too daunting. Here at Advanced Hearing & Balance this is not the case.
Most people know at least one person with hearing loss. This is because it is common; we mean really common. Turns out, it is the third most common physical condition in Utah and throughout the country, behind only arthritis and heart disease. For a condition this common it should come as no surprise that there are a number of possible causes.
Hearing loss is not a new condition. People have been suffering from it for centuries. Up until the 16th century, it was commonly accepted that individuals with hearing loss also suffered from multiple other disabilities; this led to them being heavily discriminated against. It was not until a Spanish monk named Pedro Ponce taught a nobleman’s deaf sons how to read, write, speak and do math that this fact was disproven.
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, an annual occasion designed to raise awareness of hearing loss and speech problems. Originally created in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), in 1986 President Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to heighten public awareness about hearing loss and speech disorders. The goal of Better Hearing & Speech Month is to encourage people to take action if they believe there might be a problem with their hearing or speech.
Dizziness or loss of balance is the second most common complaint heard in doctors’ offices. National Institute of Health statistics indicate that dizziness will occur in 70% of the nation’s population at sometime in their lives. Although very common, acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may indicate serious health risks or limit a person’s everyday living.
Due to the personal and unique nature of each Tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn’t a single cure for Tinnitus, Advanced Hearing & Balance Specialists audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your professional may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination.
Life is enriched by the experiences we have through our five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing. Together, our senses enable us to learn and enjoy life. Hearing is especially vital; it enables us to communicate our wants, needs, and emotions.
You cannot reverse hearing loss or eliminate all Hearing Voids. However, your Advanced Hearing and Balance Specialist professional can apply the appropriate care and technology to lessen their effects and improve the quality of sounds you hear. Unfortunately, many people suffering from a hearing loss are either unaware or ashamed of their condition and do not utilize the available advanced technology.