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9 Things You Should Know About Hearing Aids
Most people with hearing loss don’t get hearing aids even if they need them. There are a lot of reasons for this, but in part it’s because they have misconceptions about hearing devices, or simply don’t know enough about them to make that choice. If you or your loved one have untreated hearing loss, these nine things will help you make up your mind.
You’re Not Alone
People with hearing loss sometimes believe they are the only one with the problem. That is far from the reality. Close to 20 percent Americans have hearing loss, and the numbers rise sharply with age. Close to 30 million adults in the US would benefit from hearing aids but few use them. Your decision to get hearing aids not only benefits you, but as more and more people start using them, the less others will find a stigma attached to their use.
Hearing Aids Have Changed
The technology related to hearing aids has changed dramatically in the last decades, and all signs point to continued improvement. They are much more discreet than models from the past, and the newest models let you connect directly to your TV and other devices. This creates a much better environment for people with hearing loss and those around them.
Enjoy a Better Quality of Life
The National Institute for Aging found that people with untreated hearing loss were twice as likely to be depressed, and that they reported feeling sadder than people who wore hearing aids. If you’re still on the fence about getting a hearing aid, think of how great it will be to hear the birds chirping again, or to have easier conversations with your loved ones.
Hearing Aids Can Slow Dementia
Several studies have shown that people with hearing loss experience dementia and a general decline in cognitive abilities at a higher rate than those with good hearing. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes people with poor hearing to experience cognitive problems, but as a result of the available research many recommend getting a hearing aid to stave off dementia.
Hearing Aids Save Relationships
When people don’t address their hearing loss they may also notice that their relationships with loved ones change. It is frustrating for others to have difficulty with phone conversations, hearing the loud volume on TVs and radios, and experiencing a lack of communication. When couples address hearing loss together, everyone wins.
Hearing Aids Save You Money
People worry about the cost of hearing aids, when in reality they should worry about the costs of NOT getting them. If left untreated, hearing problems lead to depression and anxiety, other health issues, and difficulties with communication in the workplace. This can lead to underemployment, unemployment, and lost wages due to time off. It is estimated that the average person with untreated hearing loss loses about $14,000 per year. That puts the cost of hearing aids in a whole new light.
There Are Organizations That Help
If you are still worried about the cost of hearing aids, talk to your audiologist about organizations that can help. Several organizations collect used hearing aids for donation. While you must have your audiologist calibrate it to fit your specific needs, this eliminates the initial cost of the device. Other groups like AARP have partnered with hearing aid makers to provide discount programs.
Hearing Aids Help You Feel Better Rested
If you have hearing loss, you also may find that you are tired in the middle of the day or go to bed earlier. This isn’t a figment of your imagination. It’s called listening fatigue, and it’s caused by how hard you have to concentrate to make out what other people are saying. Once you wear a hearing aid and don’t strain so hard, you will also find that your energy levels get higher.
Hearing Aids Can Save Your Life
Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss, but they certainly do help people hear better. We take fire alarms, emergency broadcast messages, and sirens for granted, but imagine the dangers of not being able to hear them. A person with a hearing aid is also more likely to avoid things like oncoming traffic and other dangers.
May is Better Hearing Month, so we are encouraging adults to have their hearing screened to determine their hearing health. Call us for an appointment today! (813) 949-1331.
Relax, there's an app for that!
Every few weeks someone calls our clinic to report that they lost their hearing aids. This, of course, can be quite distressing for anyone who depends on their devices to connect them with the world. In one week in April we received such a call, and the patient was very concerned because he was soon heading on a trip out of the country. But, after a couple of hours the patient called back with great news: he found his missing hearing aid using the app on his made-for-iPhone-hearing aids. His phone pointed him to where his hearing aids were, and a happy reunion soon followed!
May is Better Hearing Month, and Tampa Bay's premier audiology clinic is providing free hearing screenings on Fridays during the month. JC Audiology has cleared the schedule on Fridays to accommodate adults who wish to have a hearing screening to determine how their hearing health is.
“Just as adults should get periodic health check ups, or their eyes checked,” Dr. Judith L. Reese, chief audiologist at JC Audiology says, “They should also get an idea how their hearing is serving them. Health researchers are learning more each year on the importance that hearing is on an individual’s overall physical and mental health, so a hearing check up is a good way to start.”
In addition to Dr. Reese, JC Audiology recently added Dr. Jennifer Steed to the staff. The clinic sees hundreds of new patients every year, and averages over 100 hearing devices serviced monthly at their Tampa Bay Hearing Aid Hospital.
“Every month we average about 20 hearing aids brought in that people say stopped working.” Dr. Reese explains. “We are able to revive more than 95% of them!”
Both Dr. Reese and Dr. Steed are doctoral level audiologists who graduated from the University of South Florida, and who have worked for large institutions for a combined 40 years of providing quality hearing health care locally.
For more information about the Free Hearing Screenings Friday program at JC Audiology, contact us at (813) 949-1331.
Able to leap tall hearing losses in a single bound . . . with technology more powerful than a locomotive . . . Is it a bird (I hear) . . . a plane . . . no . . . it's . . . THE DYNAMIC DUO!
Since dedicating Dr. Reese’s Tampa Bay Hearing Aid Hospital at our new facility in April 2017, we have averaged over 100 hearing aids serviced a month! In fact, about a dozen hearing aids per month are dropped off by patients who say the devices have stopped working. That’s not an unusual number considering that these miniature electronic devices often develop moisture-related problems due to the active lifestyle of our patients and the fact that we live in a very humid climate. What is unusual is our success rate in reviving dead hearing aids.
We revive close to 100% of the non-working hearing aids we service.
Proper care and maintenance of your hearing aids prolongs their life and keeps you hearing your best.
JC Audiology patients value the service schedule we provide for hearing aids that are under warranty.
With over 100 hearing aids serviced every month in the Tampa Bay Hearing Aid Hospital, we ensure the best quality care as we inspect and service 29 points of hearing aid areas of maintenance. Moreover, nearly all hearing aids are serviced in one day.
If your hearing aids aren’t working as well as you think they should, call us at 813-949-1331 for the best service available!
This article appeared in the April 26, 2017 edition of the Laker and Lutz Community News.
Our new location is just 400 feet away from where we were, in a new facility that is larger and which includes our NEW HEARING AID HOSPITAL! New address is 1519 Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 105, Lutz, FL 33548. Same phone number as before--813-949-1331.