Hearing Health 2017-09-25T16:41:26+00:00

One of our goals at Hearing Health Clinic is to educate the public about the importance of hearing wellness. Unfortunately, hearing loss is often an invisible condition, too easily ignored or neglected. Most people delay treating hearing loss until they cannot communicate in even the most optimal listening situations, an average timeline of over ten years (Davis, Smith, Ferguson, Stephens, & Gianopoulos, 2007). At initial appointments, we often hear the phrases “I hear well enough” or “I’m getting by” from our patients. 

Not only does hearing loss cause problems in relationships, work environments, and social settings, it’s usually more than a “stand alone” condition. When left unaddressed, hearing loss impacts all aspects of life; it’s often linked to other health conditions such as:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Cognitive decline

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Increased risk of falling

  • Increased hospitalizations

  • Increased mortality rate

What Can You Do?

  • Find out if you have a hearing loss as soon as possible, and take it seriously
  • Most doctors don’t include hearing health as a part of annual exams, ask to have your hearing tested by an audiologist
  • Wear the best hearing instrument technology you can, avoid buying something online
  • Be proactive; Audiology intervention early on helps maintain a higher quality of life
  • Don’t skip audiologist appointments; overall satisfaction with amplification decreased 29% without ongoing audiological care. (Kochkin 2014, 21 (1) 16-30
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Certain common medications are classified as ototoxic, meaning they have potential to damage the inner ear structures. Exposure to these drugs may result in hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Potential issues might include:

  • Temporary or permanent hearing loss
  • Aggravation of pre-existing hearing loss
  • Increased vulnerability with consumption of one or more medication
  • Complete recovery from symptoms after finishing medication

Signs of Ototoxicity