Hearing loss is the third most common health issue in the United States, affecting 36 million U.S. adults. To raise awareness about this growing health concern, in 2008 the American Academy of Audiology designated October as National Audiology Awareness Month.
Every October is devoted to educating the public about the key role audiologists play in hearing care, the importance of regular hearing checkups, and effective methods of hearing protection. In conjunction with the American Academy of Audiology, our goal at Mission Audiology is to improve your quality of life through better hearing.
Hearing loss can result from the normal aging process, but also from excessive loud noise (earbuds, concerts, machinery), ear infections or trauma, damage to the ear by foreign objects (e.g., cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc.), illness, or certain medications.
Better hearing begins with protecting your hearing. If you know you’ll be exposed to extended periods of loud sound, make sure you wear hearing protection such as earmuffs, foam earplugs, or custom hearing protection.
Second, if you experience any of these symptoms, get a hearing test to see if treatment is necessary:
- Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
- Often asking people to repeat themselves
- Often wondering why people seem to be mumbling
- Keeping the TV or radio at a higher volume than you used to
- Difficulty hearing in groups
Getting regular hearing checkups is a normal part of maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. Hearing technology helps to maintain your brain’s connection to the world, to people, and to opportunity.
Third, if you are a candidate for hearing aids, seek treatment sooner rather than later. Without treatment, hearing loss can greatly decrease your quality of life and could lead to anxiety, depression, embarrassment, and withdrawal or isolation from normal activities. Hearing aids can bring back the sounds you’re missing to keep you connected to the world around you.