It’s obvious that hearing loss affects a person’s immediate ability to communicate effectively, but did you realize that poor hearing can be harmful to your physical and emotional health as well? Important medical information may be missed if a hearing impaired patient doesn’t hear or completely understand the questions asked by their medical experts, and too many people with untreated hearing loss cope by withdrawing from friends, family and social circles. This combination of factors can lead to declining health, depression, loneliness and an overall sense of hopelessness.

If you or someone you know is suffering in silence it may be time to talk to your doctor about your hearing loss. Some hearing problems are easily managed in the doctor’s office, but after an initial hearing screening, your doctor may refer you to a hearing specialist or audiologist for further examination.

Hearing aids are the most common solution to hearing loss. They work by amplifying sound and funneling it directly into the ear canal. Hearing accessories such as amplified telephones, TV listening systems, and personal handheld amplifiers can be used alone or in conjunction with a hearing aid.

Hearing specialists are trained to help you understand more about the full range of hearing devices and accessories that are available. A specialist can guide you in the selection of the best hearing aid for your situation and will educate you in the use and maintenance of the device.

Hearing loss is not just part of “growing old” that has to be accepted. There are solutions to your hearing loss and knowledgeable hearing specialists waiting to help you restore your hearing and enjoy the best life, and best health possible.

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