We educate our patients about the causes and effects of hearing loss.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the inability to hear in one or both ears. Hearing loss is not the same as deafness and can range from mild to severe. Hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting over 48 million Americans. At Racker Audiology Clinic, we provide our patients with the education and resources they need to manage their hearing loss and take care of their overall hearing health.
It is a common misconception that only “older” people have hearing loss. Anyone of any age can have hearing loss – even children! Anyone can experience difficulty with their hearing, just like anyone can have problems with their vision and need to wear glasses.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss often occurs gradually, over a long period of time. Often, a family member or close friend is the first one to notice that you are having trouble hearing. Some common signs of hearing loss:
- It seems as if the people in your life mumble
- You have a hard time understanding the conversation when there is background noise
- You turn the TV volume up louder than everyone else prefers
- You feel tired after social interactions
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
- Women and children’s voices are harder for you to hear
- A loved one has suggested you have your hearing tested
Signs of Hearing Loss in Children
Did you know that two or three out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with hearing loss? Hearing loss in children is common. Managing your child’s hearing loss is crucial for their overall development and speech and language development ability.
- Your child has limited, poor, or no speech
- They frequently are inattentive
- They have a difficult time learning
- They shout or speak loudly
- They seem to need the TV at a higher volume
- They don’t respond to their name being called
- They understand better when they are facing you directly
If you have noticed any of these signs in your child, bring them in for a full audiological hearing evaluation for pediatrics. We can test their hearing and will be refer most hearing aid fittings to a pediatric audiologist specialist.