Ask Dr. Daria
Untreated hearing loss has many consequences.
Living with untreated hearing loss means difficulty in conversations with others, social gatherings and perhaps lost performances at work. Often it becomes too challenging to keep up with the life around you.
You may suffer side effects from hearing loss such as:
- sadness and depression.
- worry and anxiety.
- less social activity.
- emotional turmoil and insecurity.
By not seeking help for your hearing loss, you are missing out on enjoying all that life has to offer.
There is no good reason to wait!
Most people typically disregard their hearing loss for five to seven years. Putting off the inevitable will just make it harder to rectify the problem. Your brain gets used to not hearing everyday sounds and the longer you live without sounds, the longer it may take for your brain to understand them again. Regular hearing aid use can help maintain your brains ability to interpret sound.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Dr. Daria receives many questions regarding - "I can you hear you, but I can not understand you!" This helps to explain this phenomenon.
Loss of sensitivity
With loss of sensitivity you have difficulties hearing soft speech. Patients can often begin relying on spouses or loved ones to relay information. But, how often are family members in the examining room with you?
Loss of high frequencies
High frequency hearing loss is the most common form of loss. Patients with this type of loss commonly have problems hearing high frequency consonants such as s, t, f, p, k and combinations of consonants such as th and sh, all of which distinguish between common words. Have you ever had a patient mistake the time or day of an appointment? How important is it for your patients to follow instructions accurately?
Discrimination loss makes it difficult for them to understand speech in noisy surroundings. Acoustics in hospitals and tiled offices can give people with hearing loss problems. Don’t let your patients go home again without the full amount of information you gave them. Refer today for a hearing exam.