The numbers are alarming: One in three of us over 60 suffers from a significant hearing loss. And half of all people over age 85 are significantly impacted.
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 effect is often life-altering. That’s why we offer the area’s premiere audiology services with the area’s most trustworthy hearing professionals With their expert help, you can get back to the life you’ve been missing.
If you suspect you have a hearing loss, talk to your practitioner. He or she can help you sort through how your hearing relates to your overall health and provide a referral, if necessary, to our Audiologist.
You can also contact The Specialist Clinics at Southwest Health for more information: 608-342-5060.
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 symptoms include having difficulty hearing female voices, children’s voices, 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 circulation, 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.