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October: Audiology Month

With around 37 million Americans suffering from some type of hearing loss, this has become one of the top three most common health problems in the United States. And, as most people generally wait nearly a decade, after experiencing hearing loss, before attending an audiologist, this amount is expected to increase in the years to come.

That is why the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has chosen an entire month to spread the word around the country and let everyone know how important hearing health is, how common it is to experience some form of hearing loss, and the best tips to prevent damage.

So, aside from thinking of Oktoberfest and Halloween, we should also think of October as National Protect Your Hearing Month. Since 2008, the AAA has not only distributed materials, press releases and podcasts every October with the aim of promoting national awareness, but it has also encouraged audiologists across the nation, such as Dr. Joseph K. Duran, to take action in their own communities.

Why is this important? Well, because although it is a quite common problem, it is still overlooked by many nationwide. Whether they don’t understand how to avoid it or don’t know how to recognize the symptoms, hearing loss can have a deep impact in any person’s life.

The fact is that untreated hearing loss is associated with a lower quality of life, depression, isolation, high blood pressure, unemployment, and lower earnings. And that is just to mention a few of the drawbacks that hearing loss conveys.

Are you unsure about whether you, or someone you care about, may be suffering from hearing loss? Here are some signs to help you identify it:

  • Do you ask people to repeat themselves frequently?
  • Do you have problems following group conversations?
  • Do you turn up the volume of your TV or radio so loud that other people complain?
  • Do you experience ringing in your ears?
  • Do you have difficulty communicating in noisy environments such as restaurants or family gatherings?

If you experience any or all of the above symptoms, it might be time to take a trip to the audiologist. Remember, only a professional can help you identify the cause of your problem, which is extremely important at the moment of determining the right treatment.

For any consultation, we encourage you to contact us at New Generation Hearing Centers and make an appointment. We will gladly help you asses and understand any kind of hearing condition as well as guide you through the correct treatment.