From the 2011 Spring Senior Circle publication
When it comes to hearing loss, time matters, according to James Turk, DO, an Otolaryngologist – ear, nose and throat specialist. “Patients who don’t seek help early on can experience changes in the way they process speech and sounds. They can actually lose the ability to understand words,” said audiologist Michele Watts, AuD, with Associated Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists “It’s like a muscle. If you don’t exercise your hearing, your processing of speech may slow down,” she said.
Though hearing loss affects approximately 17 percent of American adults, it doesn’t mean you’re old, said Watts. “Even babies can be diagnosed with hearing loss. Plus, not all hearing loss is permanent, so an early and accurate diagnosis is important.”
The path to better hearing begins with a painless examination to detect any medical reasons behind the impairment and determine if medication or surgery can help, said Turk. The next step would be a hearing test to determine the level and type of hearing loss and suggest solutions.
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