Hearing is a complex process of picking up sound and assigning meaning to it. Our ability to hear is critical to understanding the world around us. The human ear responds to sounds that are very faint as well as sounds that are very loud. Even before birth, infants respond to sound.
The ear can be divided into three parts leading up to the brain – the outer ear, middle ear and the inner ear.
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If you answered YES to any of the above, it is time to schedule an evaluation.
Untreated hearing loss is associated with lower quality of life, depression, social isolation, unemployment and lower earnings at work, higher medical bills for other health issues, high blood pressure and even a higher risk of dangerous trips and falls.
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There are three main types of hearing loss:
While conductive hearing losses can often be medically treated, sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent and the most common treatment is properly fitted hearing aids.
Why treat hearing loss?
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition facing adults today. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a number of health problems, including cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, and increased risk of trips and falls. People with hearing loss often have difficulty following day-to-day conversations and may withdraw from activities and other things they enjoy.
A study by the Better Hearing Institute found households with an employed individual who has untreated hearing loss make up to $12,000 less annually. Along with this fact, untreated hearing loss can even mean higher out of pocket medical costs for unrelated health problems.
The good news is when you work with the right provider, there are effective hearing loss treatments available today.
Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent and the most commonly used treatment is hearing aids. When a patient is properly tested, fit and followed by an audiologist, hearing aids are highly effective. For this reason, the individual you work with makes a significant difference in your success with treatment.
Treatment for Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss treatment options usually involve medical intervention to address the specific cause. In the event medical treatment does not clear up the conductive hearing loss, our audiologist can investigate other options, including the use of hearing aids. Our practice works closely with primary care physicians to make sure the correct path of intervention is followed and to keep everyone in the loop.
According to a national health study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 45 million Americans suffer from ringing in the ears, or tinnitus. Almost one-third of tinnitus sufferers have what is considered debilitating tinnitus, requiring them to seek professional diagnosis and treatment for relief. Dr. Gillespie specializes in tinnitus diagnosis/management and is a member of the Tinnitus Practitioner’s Association.
There is currently no cure for tinnitus but there are several options to help patients manage their tinnitus. This includes a diagnostic hearing evaluation, educating patients to better understand causes for their tinnitus and the use of sound therapy devices, including hearing aids.
Treatment for Tinnitus
While there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are many treatments that can give patients significant relief. Certain devices can be worn that produce soothing therapeutic sounds designed to retrain the brain to ignore the tinnitus. Other devices produce constant, soft noise to mask the tinnitus. Tinnitus sufferers who also have hearing loss often find relief from wearing properly fitted hearing aids or combination devices, (hearing aids combined with sound therapy or masking sound).
Other tinnitus relief strategies include relaxation exercises, meditation and visualization, tinnitus retraining therapy, (TRT) and cognitive behavioral therapy.
The first step in treatment is a proper diagnostic hearing evaluation and consult with a professional who has experience helping patients with tinnitus.
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