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SHC Audiology 

Hearing loss often comes on gradually, so we tend to tolerate the change. Then, one day we discover the people we love the most are frustrated because even the simplest things are made more difficult. In fact, when we avoid dealing with a simple hearing loss, the affect is often life-altering. That’s why we offer the area’s premiere audiology services with the area’s most trustworthy hearing professional, Dr. Emily Patterson, Audiologist. With her expert help, you can get back to the life you’ve been missing.

Listen to SHC Audiologist Emily Patterson further discuss hearing loss and hearing aids in the videos below. 


If you suspect you have a hearing loss, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you sort through how your hearing relates to your overall health and provide a referral, if necessary, to Audiologist Emily Patterson. 

You can also contact our outpatient specialist clinics for more information: 608-342-4712. 

More On Hearing Loss

Hearing loss related to age (called presbycusis) is the result of changes to:

  • The structures of the inner ear
  • Blood flow to the inner ear
  • The hearing nerve
  • How the brain processes speech and sounds

Presbycusis is typically a loss of hearing high pitched sounds, and it's difficult to notice because it changes subtlely over time. Common syptoms include having difficulty hearing female voices, children's voice and background noise as well as the loss of speech clarity. Hearing loss due to aging can be worsened by other factors, such as diabetes, poor circulaton, noise exposure and certain medications. 

People with untreated hearing loss (those who do not wear hearing aids) experience a decreased quality of life. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and poor social relationships.