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Can Improved Hearing Change Life as You Know it?

By DuPage Medical Group Audiology

Untreated hearing disorders can result in a range of side effects depending on your age. Unless you have a job where regular testing is mandatory, it is likely that you haven’t had your hearing evaluated since elementary school. You may not even realize the ways in which decreased hearing has caused negative outcomes in your everyday life.

Do you tend to avoid social activities, withdraw from conversation, depend on others for translation, feel angry, worried or shameful about your tendency to misunderstand and make mistakes based on hearing incorrectly? Did you know these issues can lead to depression, anxiety, increased blood pressure, sleeping difficulties, decreased ability to learn, reduced functional health and overall poor quality of life?

If you are hesitant to ask your physician about hearing aids for better managing your symptoms, try to keep in mind the fact that hearing problems don’t only impact the person who cannot hear. People you live and work with may also feel frustration about these communication issues, this will only become worse with age if left untreated.

To help understand the status of your hearing, take our brief quiz to learn if you may be suffering from a common type of hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute, approximately 31.5 million Americans suffer from these problems, you are not alone and you have many options to effectively improve your ability hear and understand clearly.

Quiz - How is Your Hearing Holding Up? Check Items Below That Apply to You:
○ Do you often have to ask others to repeat what has been said in regular conversation?
○ Does your spouse or family complain that you aren’t listening?
○ Do you prefer the television/radio volume higher than is comfortable for others?
○ Do you have difficulty following conversations when background noise is present?
○ Do your ears ever ring, buzz or hiss?
○ Do voices sound mumbled?
○ Is it difficult for you to understand speech on the phone?
○ Do you find men’s voices easier to understand than women’s voices?
○ Are you able to hear people speaking but find it difficult to understand what has been said?
○ Has a friend or family member mentioned concern regarding your hearing?
○ Have you experienced a sudden decrease in your hearing?
○ Have you ever been exposed to loud noise in your lifetime?  (firearms, noisy work environments, loud music, etc.)
○ Do you hear better in one ear than the other?

If you checked yes for any of the items above it is likely that you have sustained damage or anatomic changes to the structures in your ear/ears that conduct sound. The good news is that you have already taken the first step to solve the problem. Half the battle is realizing the connection between symptoms and their cause. Read on to learn the options available to you.

What Can I do to Improve the Quality of My Life?
Your first step is in setting up a hearing evaluation with one of our Board-Certified Audiologists. Our Audiology and Otolaryngology (ENT) Teams work side-by-side to determine the best personalized plan of care for you. Some patients choose to wear amplification (hearing aids), utilize assistive technology or learn communications strategies to improve their self-perceptions, confidence and relationships. DMG uses leading edge technology and you may be surprised to see how discreet the latest hearing aid choices are.

Some insurances including Medicare do require a referral or order from your primary care physician before scheduling your test. Our Audiologists will be able to guide you through the process.

 

 

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat , Hearing Disorders & Senior's Health

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