Thursday, May 3, 2012

May is Better Hearing Month

For many years now May has been designated Better Hearing Month.  The objective is to increase awareness of hearing loss and hearing problems.  It is a great opportunity to focus on hearing issues, just as we do with this blog.  As our followers know, hearing loss impacts not only the ability to hear environmental sounds such as bird song or the crackle of a fire, it impacts communication ability and can raise many deep emotions.

Hearing loss causes a breakdown in communication.  Hearing loss impacts both people in the communication situation.  When hearing loss is present, the work of communication is increased for both people.  The person with hearing loss needs to focus, pay attention, lip read, pay attention to body language and use contextual cues.  The other, needs to get the other’s attention, raise their voice, repeat, ensure they have the listener’s attention and much more.  Now, one can see the increase in work to communicate.  It is easy to see how communication can breakdown.

With the increased work to communicate, many emotions can arise.  Some people report feeling stupid, tired, sad even depressed.  These emotions cause people to withdraw from social situations and from regular activities involving others.  It can lead to low self esteem, exhaustion  and even depression.  With a decrease in activities, overall health can be impacted.

While 36 million American’s have hearing loss, only 20% seek help.  This year for Better Hearing Month, have a baseline hearing test, not just a screening.  Everyone by the age of 40 years needs a baseline evaluation.  The information from a diagnostic baseline evaluation is necessary to track future changes in hearing.  Typically medical insurance will pay for this exam.  Don’t wait.  Call today to schedule an appointment.

Life Sounds Great!  Enjoy Every Moment!

Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA
Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060

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