What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a gradual or sudden decrease in how well you can hear, and is currently the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease, according to the National Information Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss can impact people in different ways, can be permanent or temporary, and can be mild or severe. The various causes of hearing loss could be due to a person’s surroundings (ie. prolonged exposure to extreme volumes), a side effect of medications, or due to a person’s genetic history.
Who is affected by hearing loss?
According to the National Information Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 17%, or about 36 million of America’s adults suffer from a form of hearing loss. As a person grows older they are more likely to suffer from some form of hearing loss, however, all people are susceptible to it. People of all ages should be routinely screened for hearing ailments, and it is recommended that adults have one screening every decade until age 50, then one screening every third year after that.
Are young people affected by hearing loss?
Unfortunately, people of all ages can suffer from hearing loss. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 – there have been more and more reported instances of younger individuals from ages 16-25 suffering from hearing loss. It is speculated that this increase of hearing loss is caused by the frequent use of in-ear headphones. Since everyone is different the true cause cannot be identified, however you can prevent hearing loss from becoming worse by scheduling regular visits to an audiologist.
Why should I visit an audiologist?
Hearing loss can affect your life in many negative ways. One might become withdrawn from regular conversation and interactions due to the inability to properly hear their surroundings. A child may develop cognitive and behavioral challenges due to their hearing loss.
A regular visit to an audiologist can help prevent further hearing loss and rehabilitate existing hearing loss. Hearing loss treatment can vary depending on the cause and severity of the hearing loss and only a visit to an audiologist can determine the severity and identify the cause of hearing loss. It is never too early to visit your local audiologist.
What insurance do you accept?
As of 2/1/16 we are contracted with the following insurances:
- United Health Care
- Tricare (Standard, Prime, & For Life)
- All Centennial Plans
- AETNA (for PNM employees and retirees)
Trust Audiology Associates and Dr. Kathleen Romero to answer all your hearing aid questions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Albuquerque, New Mexico.