Audiologists know the impact that loss of hearing has on their patients’ lives. Unfortunately, the first interaction with most of them comes after they have already developed some degree of hearing loss. The sad reality is many people put off getting their hearing checked until it is too late. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), it takes seven years, on average, for a person to seek treatment for suspected hearing loss. These may be the same people that are unaware of the detrimental effects loss of hearing can have on their social lives and cognitive health.
You can sit down and take your blood pressure reading at any number of retail outlets. You can order a kit to be sent to your home to test for blood-sugar levels, colon cancer, HIV, and more. We are in the age of “do-it-yourself” when it comes to screening for health issues. Now, online hearing tests are part of this DIY phenomenon.
There are many causes of hearing loss. There is also a correlation between the age of a person and hearing loss. The older the person, the better chance they are hearing impaired.
Physical therapists are often called upon to work with the older patients whom are experiencing pain, weakness, trouble balancing, and more. Because of their age, many of these patients may also suffer from some degree of hearing loss, which is why an understanding of the condition can be valuable for those in the field.
As an audiologist, you know the most basic, yet important, facts about how hearing aids work: microphones always pick up what’s closest and loudest. This means that microphones can’t differentiate what sound or whose voice is of the most importance to the wearer.
Have you ever had a conversation with a hearing-impaired patient whom believes they do not suffer from hearing loss? They may be in denial of their condition, which is a common reaction. What they may need is a little reassurance that they’re not alone, and that life with hearing loss in today’s day and age is more manageable than ever. If you need help convincing them, you can also refer to these hearing loss facts and statistics:
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 S.R. No. 54/2007 Authorized Version states that “an employer must ensure that no employee at the workplace is exposed to noise that exceeds the noise exposure standard ….” So just how can an employer adhere to that regulation? And are there suggestions an employee who is at risk of sustaining too much noise exposure can make to their employer to ensure a safe environment?
With an office located just a quarter mile from the beach in Oceanside, California, Ryan Woods and the e3 Audiometrics team take advantage of year-round blue skies and warm temperatures. Not does the favorable climate allow them to easily travel to and meet with customers, but it also enables them to get out and about in their community.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means it’s almost time to celebrate and party with coworkers, friends, and family. As many people with hearing loss will tell you, hearing at parties isn’t an easy task, especially without hearing aids with speech-in-noise features.
If you have patients that are worried about their hearing during the upcoming festivities, here are some tips you can give them to help ease their minds:
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) has proven to be effective in improving symptoms related to vestibular and balance disorders (BPPV, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, etc.). Specifically, VRT aims to address issues such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and imbalance. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to help patients beat these symptoms and restore their quality of life.