Local audiologist offers complimentary hearing screenings

In honor of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, one local audiologist is offering complimentary hearing screenings.

According to information provided by Dr. Natan Bauman of the Hearing, Balance and Speech Center, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While usually associated with older adults, hearing loss is also on the rise in younger people.

“We need to spread the word,” said Paula Jensen, marketing manager for HBSC. “I want to scream out and yell to everybody to tell them it’s time to get their hearing checked.”

A simple 15-minute screening is all it takes to determine if someone has hearing loss. If so, there are numerous options to help deal with it, including having a full hearing evaluation.

“Hearing opens our frontier to every aspect of life and allows for the most precious things,” Bauman said. “It links people to people and helps us establish relationships among our loved ones.”

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S., according to Bauman, who made national headlines when he developed the Vivatone hearing aid that eliminated a feeling of being plugged up or being in an echo chamber.

Why is hearing loss so prevalent? In teenagers and young adults it is due largely to the unsafe use of audio devices and exposure to too-loud music. It can also be caused by infections, trauma or disease.

According to Bauman, a person can easily tell if they’re a candidate for a hearing evaluation if they have trouble hearing conversation, experience ringing in their ears, or have ear pain.

“When they have an evaluation, we will offer them educational materials on what happens when you don’t treat hearing loss,” Jensen said. “A lot of times people will make excuses and work around it. They either stop listening or walk away. When you can’t hear it’s a diminished quality of life. You forget what words sound like.”

Also worth considering is a finding from the World Health Organization that links untreated hearing loss to depression, anxiety and other psychosocial disorders. Researchers have also found a link between hearing loss and a risk of developing dementia. In children, studies show that untreated hearing loss can lead to academic and social problems. Continued…

“Untreated hearing loss can be dangerous,” Jensen said. “Imagine crossing the street if you can’t hear a siren.”

While hearing aids often solve the problem, they are not necessarily the only solution. Recent advances in the hearing industry include an assisted listening device for the telephone that translates a caller’s voice so it can be read as text on a screen.

“Can you imagine what life would be like without our ability to hear the voices of our grandchildren or the beautiful sound of music,” Bauman said.

To schedule a complementary 15-minute screening in May, call 203-287-9915.

In honor of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, one local audiologist is offering complimentary hearing screenings.

According to information provided by Dr. Natan Bauman of the Hearing, Balance and Speech Center, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While usually associated with older adults, hearing loss is also on the rise in younger people.

“We need to spread the word,” said Paula Jensen, marketing manager for HBSC. “I want to scream out and yell to everybody to tell them it’s time to get their hearing checked.”

A simple 15-minute screening is all it takes to determine if someone has hearing loss. If so, there are numerous options to help deal with it, including having a full hearing evaluation.

“Hearing opens our frontier to every aspect of life and allows for the most precious things,” Bauman said. “It links people to people and helps us establish relationships among our loved ones.”

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S., according to Bauman, who made national headlines when he developed the Vivatone hearing aid that eliminated a feeling of being plugged up or being in an echo chamber.

Why is hearing loss so prevalent? In teenagers and young adults it is due largely to the unsafe use of audio devices and exposure to too-loud music. It can also be caused by infections, trauma or disease.

According to Bauman, a person can easily tell if they’re a candidate for a hearing evaluation if they have trouble hearing conversation, experience ringing in their ears, or have ear pain.

“When they have an evaluation, we will offer them educational materials on what happens when you don’t treat hearing loss,” Jensen said. “A lot of times people will make excuses and work around it. They either stop listening or walk away. When you can’t hear it’s a diminished quality of life. You forget what words sound like.”

Also worth considering is a finding from the World Health Organization that links untreated hearing loss to depression, anxiety and other psychosocial disorders. Researchers have also found a link between hearing loss and a risk of developing dementia. In children, studies show that untreated hearing loss can lead to academic and social problems.

“Untreated hearing loss can be dangerous,” Jensen said. “Imagine crossing the street if you can’t hear a siren.”

While hearing aids often solve the problem, they are not necessarily the only solution. Recent advances in the hearing industry include an assisted listening device for the telephone that translates a caller’s voice so it can be read as text on a screen.

“Can you imagine what life would be like without our ability to hear the voices of our grandchildren or the beautiful sound of music,” Bauman said.

To schedule a complementary 15-minute screening in May, call 203-287-9915.


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