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Hearing Health at Hearing Clinic of Greater New Orleans
Hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting over 48 million Americans. However, it is still not a widely understood topic. At Hearing Clinic of Greater New Orleans, we believe in educating our patients on what hearing loss is, how it works, and what solutions are available. The more you know about your hearing health, the better equipped you will be to make decisions and feel empowered to take charge of your hearing treatment.
Better hearing means you will have better health. Your hearing is connected to your health and overall well-being. Better hearing also means you will be able to communicate with the people who matter to you. This can lead to spending more time with family and friends, feeling more energized, and enjoying your life to the fullest. Hearing is an important of your well-being, don’t let hearing loss affect your life.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the inability to hear in one or both ears. Your degree of hearing loss is measured on a scale from mild to moderate to severe, with variations in between. Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, exposure to loud noise, age, trauma to the head/ear, or toxic medications. It is important to visit an audiologist at the first signs of hearing loss in order to prevent it from worsening and affecting other areas of your health.
Our ability to hear is deeply connected to our overall heath and well-being. This is because we don’t hear when sound reaches our ears, but when sound reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. Many people don’t realize that we hear with our brain. When sound reaches the auditory cortex, it is then transformed into information and processed. That information is then stored as memory. When you have hearing loss, your brain misses out on certain sounds and frequencies that it needs to stay active and healthy.
When hearing loss is left untreated, then your brain doesn’t receive the proper stimulation it needs and often has to work harder just to hear the little it can. This often results in feelings of fatigue or exhaustion after social interactions. This can lead to social isolation because you feel too tired to socialize with other people or you may feel embarrassed because you can’t hear the conversation well. Over time, this can lead to cognitive decline and even dementia.
To be proactive about your hearing health it is important to visit us at Hearing Clinic of Greater New Orleans. We can evaluate your hearing and diagnose any type and degree of hearing loss. Once we know how your hearing loss is affecting you, then we can help you find a solution. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from living the life you deserve, call us today and take the first step to better hearing.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Since hearing loss is a gradual process, some people don’t identify it right away. Often times, a close friend or family member will notice the signs of hearing loss before you do. If you have noticed any of the following signs, then you may have hearing loss:
- You have to turn the TV up louder in order to understand
- You find yourself complaining about people mumbling
- You ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis
- You miss the punchline of a joke, but you laugh anyway so no one notices
- You spend less time with friends and family because it’s harder to hold a conversation than it used to be
- You have a hard time hearing the conversation when there is background noise