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Smartphone Apps That Support Hearing Aids— How To Know Which Ones Work Well

Have you ever heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that”? While this phrase was first used over a decade ago (Apple began using this slogan in their advertising in 2009), it has never been truer than it is now. You can download an app to your smartphone to do just about anything you want—to check the news, keep you updated on the weather in your area, chat with people halfway around the world, remind you to drink more water, do your banking right from your phone, keep an online journal, and much, much more.

So, what about when it comes to your hearing aids? Yes, there’s an app for that, too. There are, in fact, numerous smartphone apps now available that support hearing aids. How do you know which ones work well? Here are a few key features you might want to look for when you are considering apps to support your hearing aids:

  • Apps created by hearing aid manufacturers

Many hearing aid manufacturers now have their own apps. The app created by the manufacturer of your particular hearing aids might be one of the best for you to use. These apps are typically custom made to work seamlessly with your specific hearing aids. So, if you are new to using a smartphone app with your hearing aids, start by downloading and exploring the app made by your hearing aid manufacturer.

  • Adjust your hearing aids

If you wear hearing aids, chances are good that you’ve been in a situation before where your hearing aid settings weren’t quite right. An app allows you to adjust the treble, bass, volume, and other sound settings right from your phone. Not only is this incredibly simple, but it can also be more discreet than reaching up your ears to adjust your hearing aids.

  • Battery life notifications

Choosing an app that notifies you when your hearing aid batteries are low can allow you to recharge or replace the batteries before they die.

  • Direct audio connection

Using Bluetooth, apps allow your hearing aids to connect directly to audio. This means music, podcasts, TV shows, and more can stream directly to your hearing aids.

  • Custom hearing programs

As mentioned above, your hearing aids might need to be adjusted for certain settings. For example, maybe you always find it challenging to hear well when you go to a particular restaurant. Using your app, you can create a custom hearing program that you specify to this setting, and then you can save the program to use again when you visit in the future. The app may also save the information so you can share it with your audiologist, which can help them better understand the settings that offer challenges.

  • Statistics and location

An app can offer statistics regarding your hearing aids, such as how many hours you wore them per day, week, or month. The app may also track the location of your hearing aids, which can be helpful if you misplace your devices.

  • Hearing aid manual and instructions

One of the benefits of using an app created by the hearing aid manufacturer is the availability of the manual and instructions for your particular device. This might be especially helpful if your hearing aids are new to you. Plus, it is certainly more convenient to access the manual via your smartphone than to carry the manual around with you!

  • Communication with your hearing aid specialist

For almost a year now, many audiology practices have limited in-office appointments. Even if you cannot see your hearing care professional in person, or if you want to avoid the health risks of doing so, you can communicate with them via your hearing aid app. These apps allow your hearing healthcare specialist to conduct a hearing test, adjust your hearing aids, fit the hearing aid, and much more.

It may be hard to believe at first, but some hearing aid apps offer even more features than these! To learn more about how an app can help you control your hearing aids, we welcome you to contact our hearing care practice today.

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Hearing Aid Use in the U.S.—Increasing or Decreasing?

If you or a loved one uses hearing aids, you know that these devices can make a huge difference in your daily life. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, not everyone who has hearing loss wears hearing aids. A new study has found some changes in the percentage of Americans who use hearing aids, and it’s a case of good news and bad news.

The study, which was published in the medical journal JAMA: Internal Medicine in December 2020, tracked hearing aid use among older American adults from 2011 to 2018. The overarching good news that was uncovered in this research is that hearing aid use among older American adults is increasing. Between 2011 and 2018, hearing aid use among a representative sample of American adults over the age of 70 increased from 15 percent to 18.5 percent.

While it is great news that overall hearing aid use is increasing, there was bad news as well. Hearing aid use did not increase as dramatically for older Black Americans—only a +0.8 percent change in seven years. Furthermore, hearing aid use did not increase at all among older adults living at less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. In fact, hearing aid ownership actually dropped during this period from 12.4 percent to 10.8 percent. While this study did not look particularly at hearing aid use among older Hispanic Americans, other studies have found a similar disparity in hearing care.

There are several possible reasons for the disparity among minorities and lower-income adults. Systemic problems in healthcare lead to fewer minorities and low-income individuals having access to the care they need, including audiology and hearing loss services. When they do receive care, it is often delayed.

Even if these individuals have Medicaid or Medicare, they may not have access to the hearing healthcare they need. Medicaid hearing care depends on each state’s guidelines, while Medicare only partly covers hearing care. For many people in these minority and low-income groups, preventive care is limited or nonexistent. Hearing loss may go undiagnosed, and treatment may be out of reach due to cost and access. Stigma may also play a role among the percentage of the population who have hearing loss but do not use hearing aids.

For those with hearing loss (whether or not it has been diagnosed) who do not use hearing aids, the consequences can extend far beyond simply not being able to hear as well. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss is linked to an increased risk of depression, social isolation, anxiety, falls, dementia, and auditory processing problems. Because of the hearing loss treatment gap among minorities, experts expect dementia rates to increase disproportionately in minorities in the coming years.

What can be done to remedy this situation? First, be sure to have your hearing tested and follow your hearing specialist’s recommendations for treatment, including using hearing aids. If you have a loved one who you suspect may have untreated hearing loss, encourage them to have their hearing tested as well. Second, you can be part of ending the stigma surrounding hearing aid use. Never make fun of someone for using hearing aids or having a hearing loss. Instead, offer support and encouragement for seeking treatment.

Researchers are optimistic that a federal law passed in 2017 (that may go into effect in 2021) may help. This federal law makes hearing aids available over-the-counter, which could help many Americans gain access to hearing aids.

To learn more about hearing aid use in the United States or to schedule your appointment with our hearing specialist, we invite you to contact our practice today. We are here to assist you.

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School is back in session! Two new laws make a difference for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

If you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, you know how difficult it is to ensure that your child is given all of the same opportunities as a child with normal hearing. Research has shown that in addition to the effects hearing loss has on a child’s social life, hearing loss also contributes to developmental delays.

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind may be delayed in developing language and speech skills and may experience learning problems that contribute to reduced academic achievement. Furthermore, the impact on a child’s social interactions may lead to lower self-esteem and greater social isolation.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, you are likely doing all you can to advocate for your child and his or her needs. However, state programs are also available to assist you and your child in their education and academic performance. In 2019, the state of New Jersey passed two new laws aimed at improving education for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. These laws mark great progress in advancing the education of all children, regardless of their hearing ability.

The first law has two parts. It created a Working Group on Deaf Education that will work to make recommendations on early linguistic development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This group is within the Department of Education and consists of 12 members appointed by the commissioner of education.

The second part of this law directs the Department of Education to create a parent resource guide. This resource guide will be used with children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to the age of five. The parent resource guide is aimed at helping parents advocate for their children and make decisions for their child’s wellbeing.

The second law passed in 2019 is focused on establishing a “Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights.” This Bill of Rights requires school districts to recognize the rights of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Examples of these rights include opportunities to meet with role models who are also deaf or deaf-blind to learn advocacy skills, individualized early intervention to support the acquisition of solid language bases developed at the earliest possible age, and opportunities to meet with their peers in the classroom and during school-sponsored activities.

Together, these laws are part of an effort to provide the resources necessary to support the communications needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The addition of the parent resource guide also helps to provide children and their families with the support they need, from the earliest age possible. When families and educators work together, children can experience better results and greater success in academics, social situations, and later in life.

Legislators hope that these two laws will improve the performance and development of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind children. Children grow both academically and socially at school, and children who are deaf or hard of hearing should not fall behind due to a lack of support or resources.

To learn more about these laws and other measures that help support the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, we welcome you to contact our audiologist practice today.

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Can A Malaria Drug Help Hereditary Hearing Loss?

While hearing loss can have a whole host of different causes, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that some 50% to 60% of hearing loss in babies is due to a genetic cause, while 25% are due to outside environmental factors, such as infection on complications at birth. This “genetic” hearing loss is often called hereditary hearing loss and usually results in lifelong hearing difficulties that run the gamut from minor hearing loss in one ear to profound deafness.

Although people with hereditary hearing loss experience this hearing loss in different ways, they all have one thing in common: some sort of change to a hearing-related gene in their genetic information. To date, there are hundreds of different hearing loss-related genes that have been identified, with some being much more common than others.

But what if there was a drug that could help individuals with hereditary hearing loss regain some of their hearing abilities? Thanks to researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, an anti-malarial drug might do just that.

The Study

Through a recent study, scientists at CWRU may have identified a potential treatment for hereditary hearing loss using the anti-malarial drug, artemisinin. Since the ability to hear relies heavily on the functionality of proteins in the sensory cells of the inner ear, the researchers decided to focus on drugs that can affect these proteins for the better.

In the inner ear, these proteins must make it to the outer membrane of the sensory cells that help us with hearing and balance. For people with normal hearing, this protein movement happens naturally, but in people with certain kinds of hereditary hearing loss, a gene mutation traps these vital proteins in the ear’s hair cells, preventing them from doing their job.

To test whether artemisinin could help treat these mutated proteins, the researchers genetically engineered some zebrafish so that they would also have the human version of these mutated proteins. After treating the zebrafish with artemisinin, the researchers found that the drug was able to restore some of the functionality of the inner ear’s sensory cells. Ultimately, this helped the zebrafish regain their hearing and balance abilities – a promising sign.

Moving Forward

Now that the scientists have seen some impressive results from treating zebrafish hearing loss with artemisinin, they will move on to testing in mice. If they find the same positive results of hearing and balance restoration in mice, they can start to move on to clinical trials in humans.

While this research is still in its beginning stages, its success thus far is great news for patients with hereditary hearing loss and their families. A long-term treatment or even cure for hereditary hearing loss has been a long time coming, and it has the ability to make a huge difference in millions of lives.

Thanks to artemisinin and the hard work of the researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the possibility of a treatment for hereditary hearing loss just might be possible. We can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

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Assistive Listening Systems – What They Are, What Their Benefits Are, and How to Find and Access an ALS

If you have hearing loss, or if you have a loved one with hearing loss, you shouldn’t need to worry about missing out on sound – like speeches or performances – when you attend public events. To ensure that you have access to sound in public venues, you should be aware of Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs).

Hearing aid-compatible assistive listening systems are required in any public venue that has a public address (PA) system. This is because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stresses that people with hearing loss have the same right as people with normal hearing to hear well in public venues or places of assembly. Being aware of ALS requirements and advancements can help you better access sound in these public places.

There are four main types of assistive listening systems that are currently used:

  • Hearing Loops: A hearing loop is a wire that is hidden around a seating area in a public venue. The loop is plugged into an amplifier that connects to the PA system, and the loop then transmits the PA system sound as a silent electromagnetic signal. Wire coils called telecoils, which are found in most hearing aid models today, then receive the electromagnetic signal and convert it back into sound.
  • RF Systems: An RF system uses radio waves to transmit sound to a receiver and earphones. People with hearing loss can borrow these receivers and earphones, and the receiver captures the radio waves and sends them to the user via the earphones.

If an RF system has been installed or updated since 2012, it is required by the ADA to pair 25 percent of receivers with neck loops rather than earphones. Neck loops work the same as a hearing loop, but on an individual basis. The neck loop is plugged into the receiver and transmits the sound electromagnetically to hearing aid telecoils.

  • IR Systems: Instead of using radio waves, an IR system transmits sound via invisible light beams. These beams are then converted back into sound in the same manner as an RF system.
  • Wi-Fi Systems: This type of system uses an existing Wi-Fi network to deliver sound through audio streaming to smartphones or tablets using a connected app. While these Wi-Fi systems are increasing in popularity, they do not meet the ADA standards for an ALS because they require the users to provide their own smartphone or tablet.

In addition to ensuring that people with hearing loss are able to access sound in public assembly places, an ALS can hold additional benefits. All types of ALS allow the user to separate the sound they want to hear – such as a speech or a musical performance – from background noise and other sounds.

Hearing loops are especially popular because they do not require the user to borrow any equipment from the venue. This both simplifies the system (and doesn’t require the user to remove their hearing aid) and alleviates any hygienic concern about borrowed devices. Because of these reasons, a recent study found that hearing aid users are six times more likely to use a hearing loop in a public venue than another type of ALS.

If you would like to access an ALS at a public venue, look for the required ALS signage. Ask about the assistive listening system at the information desk or box office. They will be able to provide you with the necessary information and equipment (if needed).

To learn more about assistive listening systems and how they can benefit you, please contact our audiology office today. We are happy to help!

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Can Hearing Loss Lead to Social Isolation? A New Study’s Information

If you or a loved one has experienced hearing loss, you understand the myriad of challenges this issue can present. Hearing loss can impact your career, education, family life, and more. Because of the obvious difficulties hearing loss causes in communication generally, relationships are often greatly affected by this condition.

Furthermore, recent research has found that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk for a number of other conditions, including depression, anxiety, falls, and dementia. From health to interpersonal relationships, the effects of hearing loss are numerous and varied.

There’s no denying that hearing loss can affect a person’s personal and social life. If you have not experienced hearing loss, it may be difficult to fully comprehend how deeply hearing loss can impact how a person comprehends and behaves in social situations.

Imagine the following scenario: You decide to go to a gathering of a small group of friends. There are five or six of you, and you decide to meet at a restaurant to catch up with each other while enjoying food and drink. The challenges begin almost immediately when you arrive:

  • When you see one of your friends waiting outside of the restaurant, can you clearly understand what he is saying to you? Do you have to ask him to repeat himself? Do you feel embarrassed when you still don’t fully understand what he says?
  • When one of your friends sees you as you’re walking into the restaurant and calls your name, do you hear her? When you finally notice her, do you worry that she thought you were ignoring her when you didn’t respond sooner?
  • Once you sit down with your friends, the server comes to take everyone’s orders. Can you understand the questions the server asks you about your order? Are you sure you have clearly communicated exactly how you want your meal to be cooked?
  • When the conversation with your friends gets in full swing, are you able to understand everyone? Can you keep up with the entire conversation—even with your friends sitting at the opposite end of the table? Do you worry that you are missing parts of your friends’ conversation? Are you sure that what you say is relevant to what is currently being discussed? What if someone else has already said what you say, but you just didn’t hear it?

The challenges for people with hearing loss in social situations go on and on. You can understand how these difficulties also affect personal relationships like those between spouses or partners, parents and children, and more. If you faced these difficulties at every social activity and event, you would probably find yourself attending fewer and fewer activities, simply because of the challenges presented there.

With this understanding, the results of a recent study are of little surprise: Adults over the age of 50 with untreated hearing loss were found to be less likely to participate in organized social activities than adults with hearing loss who wear hearing aids.

The truth is that you are more likely to experience hearing loss as you age, and many people do not treat their hearing loss. If you believe that you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, we urge you to contact our hearing practice today. Our audiologist and team are prepared to help you receive the treatment and care you need to continue living your best life—full of satisfying personal and social interactions.

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Accessing hearing care services can be difficult, but it can be almost impossible for older people with lower incomes

Many people experience hearing loss as they grow older, and proper hearing care services and treatment are essential to maintaining and improving these people’s quality of life. However, studies indicate that older people have difficulty accessing hearing care services. Access to hearing care services is even more difficult for older people with low incomes.

In the United States, over two-thirds of adults over the age of 70 experience hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can contribute to other problems, including dementia, depression, and increased risk of falls. These risks can be lowered with proper hearing care, yet studies show that many older people do not receive professional hearing care they need. Even those who have hearing aids do not necessarily have access to regular hearing services.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a high proportion of older people with hearing aids report having difficulty hearing with their devices. They also report difficulties in accessing hearing care services. The numbers are even higher among older people with low incomes.

The study surveyed 1,133 Medicare participants. Of the low-income Medicare beneficiaries who were dually eligible for Medicaid, 27 percent of those surveyed reported having a lot of difficulty hearing with their hearing aid. In contrast, just 11 percent of respondents in the highest income bracket reported having a lot of difficulty hearing with a device. Out of all study participants, only 39 percent reported using professional hearing care services in the previous year. Of hearing aid users in the lowest income category, 71 percent had not received hearing care services in the prior year.

Some of the difficulty in accessing hearing care may stem from the fact that audiology services and hearing devices are specifically excluded from Medicare coverage. Medicaid offers limited coverage for low-income elderly individuals with hearing loss, but coverage and services are not comprehensive.

In addition to the cost of the hearing aid itself—which runs at an average of more than $2,000 per unit—individuals also need to pay for the services of an audiologist or other licensed hearing aid dispenser. Currently, these are the only providers permitted to sell hearing aids. Accessing professional hearing services and paying for the device as well may prove prohibitive for many older people, especially those with low incomes.

Starting in 2020, people will be able to purchase hearing aids over-the-counter, directly from FDA-approved manufacturers. Researchers expect this to make hearing aids more affordable, but this change will not affect the difficulties many older adults face in accessing professional hearing care. Services from an audiologist or other licensed professional are typically needed to ensure that the hearing aid works at an optimal level, is properly fitted, and is routinely adjusted to accommodate the user’s needs.

A change to Medicare service exclusions would ensure greater access to hearing care services for older adults. By removing the hearing care exclusions, more elderly people would be able to easily access and afford professional hearing services.

If you believe you may be experiencing hearing loss, or if you think your hearing aid is not working properly, please contact your hearing practice today. We are happy to help you receive the care you need.

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5 Tips to Pick the Best Audiologist

When you’re ready to find an audiologist to help with your hearing health, where do you start? There are many out there to choose from, but it’s important to pick the best audiologist for you and your needs to ensure a positive and productive working relationship.

What is an audiologist?

There are many types of hearing health care professionals you can work with when you have questions or concerns about your hearing and hearing loss. One of those hearing healthcare professionals is an audiologist.

According to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, “an audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood.”

They can be an essential part of your care team if you are trying to uncover or manage problems such as vertigo, inner ear problems or hearing loss. That’s why it is so important to pick the best audiologist for you.

How to find the best audiologist

It is never easy to find a health practitioner. Sometimes the task seems more like picking a needle out of a haystack, but with tips like these, you can find the best audiologist for you and your needs.

  1. Determine how far you want to travel: You may have your heart set on the world’s foremost, award-winning celebrity audiologist, but if they are hours away, that may not be a practical choice. Determine how far you’re comfortable traveling to get to your audiologist. Is it 30 minutes or four hours? Remember, there may be times that you have a more pressing need for a consultation or adjustment. This step can help you narrow down the field of candidates.
  2. Rely on referrals: If you’re like most people, you put a lot of stock in someone else’s referral. It could be for a restaurant, an event or an audiologist. Whether it’s a referral from your primary care physician, a family member or a friend, this can be a smart way to find an audiologist who has already been vetted in a way. Someone you know has had good experiences with this professional and trusts them with their own hearing health.
  3. Are they an approved provider: Don’t forget to check your insurance plan’s approved provider list. If you haven’t received a referral, this is an excellent way to start narrowing down the field of potential audiologists. If you have received a referral, this is a must to make sure you will not be paying 100% out of pocket for services such as hearing evaluations. Some insurance plans will also require that, as with other specialists, you receive a referral from your primary or similar health practitioner to make use of your insurance benefits.
  4. Do your research: As with any other business, do some research into a potential audiologist. How long have they been in business? What are their current patients saying about them? What are their qualifications and experience? All of this information can give you a better idea if this is the right audiologist for you.

Are you looking for a list of audiologists to get started? This resource from the American Academy of Audiology can help.

If you believe you have hearing loss or other hearing and balance problems, don’t put off seeing a hearing healthcare provider. These providers, including audiologists, can help manage and treat these problems to improve your quality of life. We are also more than happy to help. Please feel free to contact our office today!

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Spring Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

“I can’t wait to get to my Spring cleaning,” said no one – ever. It turns out, though, that a good spring cleaning has physical and mental benefits. The elimination of dust and allergen triggers is good for us, and decluttering can be a welcome mental boost. The cleaning part is a pain, but we love the result of all that arduous work.

This year, when the Spring cleaning impulse hits (and it always does), add your hearing aids to your to-do list. Hearing aids are a substantial investment and proper care and maintenance are key to getting long-lasting value out of that purchase.

Let’s face it – the moist and waxy ear environment is not ideal for state-of-the-art technology. Many of us go to Herculean efforts to protect our smartphones from even the smallest amount of dampness, and we need to do the same for our hearing aids. You should be practicing daily care, but Spring is a good time to do a thorough job and assess the state of your hearing aid.

The Right Tools For The Job

All tasks start with a bit of planning and the right tools. Hearing aids are expensive and delicate, so the proper tools for the job are in order.

  • Cleaning Brush: A soft-bristled brush used to clean the various parts of the hearing aid, including the sound port and faceplate.
  • Wax Pick and Wire Loop: These are specialized tools designed to safely get inside hearing aid openings to remove wax and debris.
  • MultiTool: An all-purpose option that combines the brush and wax cleaning capabilities. Many also come with a magnetic feature to open hearing aid battery housings.

The Right Habits For Long Use

  • Clean your hearing aids every day, at the end of the day. Night time cleaning allows for plenty of time for the devices to dry before you need them again.
  • Remove the batteries every day and keep the battery compartment open to dry overnight.
  • Brush the battery compartment after removing the battery.
  • Remove your hearing aids to bathe. Moisture, soaps, and shampoos are bad for a hearing aid.
  • Don’t use gel, hair spray, sunblock or lotions near your hearing aids. Remove the hearing aids to apply these products and wash your hands thoroughly before reinserting.
  • Do not use alcohol or alcohol wipes on your hearing aids.
  • Clean your device with the openings facing down to allow loose debris to fall out.
  • Consider investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier for better moisture removal.

Just like with all advanced technology, the right care will go a long way to extend the life of your hearing aids. In addition to proper home care, hearing aids should be professionally cleaned by a hearing health provider using specialized equipment to remove wax and debris in hard-to-reach areas.

Schedule an appointment with us today for a professional cleaning and take-home cleaning tips to keep your devices functioning at optimal levels. We’ll do a thorough cleaning and evaluation of all components of your hearing aid.

 

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The Hidden Cost of Hearing Loss

Can you imagine reporting to work and being confused about your daily tasks because of difficulties hearing your supervisor at the morning meeting? Better yet, what if you were on a business conference call with an important client and were unable to address his or her concerns appropriately because you simply could not hear?

Well, this is a reality for many people who suffer from untreated hearing problems. Along with the struggle of communicating with your loved ones and friends, there are so many other areas of your life that can be negatively impacted by hearing loss.

What exactly is hearing loss really costing you? Hearing problems can rob you of a successful career. Good job performance is often dependent upon having sufficient hearing.

As the age of retirement is gradually increasing past 65, the number of employees with hearing loss also continues to grow. Those who suffer from untreated hearing problems may find the job that they once loved has now become more and more difficult to perform.

These individuals may struggle with hearing important auditory information at meetings, interacting with other employees, focusing on job duties and retaining information. All of these factors may lead to work-related stress and fatigue, limiting overall productivity, job security and happiness.

In addition to work performance, driving is another area that can be affected by untreated hearing conditions. We all know that safe driving requires good vision. However, have you ever considered the fact that moderate to severe hearing loss can result in significantly poorer driving performance?

Safe driving demands more than just adequate vision function. However, it requires a great level of awareness that relies on the driver’s ability to hear and detect potential danger coming before actually seeing it. If you are unable to hear it, then you simply can’t avoid it.

Think about it. You were able to avoid the potential accident because you heard the racing car passing by you carelessly. In emergency situations, you heard the sirens from the ambulance or police vehicle before you saw it. In both instances, hearing allowed you to yield and react appropriately.

What if you struggled with hearing loss and were unable to hear the sound of the pending danger? Not only would you be placing yourself in danger, but you also pose a threat to other drivers and pedestrians around you.

About 33 percent of drivers over the age of 65 experience some degree of hearing loss. One out of 10 drivers are on the road driving with untreated hearing problems, not realizing the danger that may result.

However, this does not have to be the final outcome. You do not have to allow hearing problems to damage these areas of your life. If you are struggling with hearing loss, then maybe it’s time for you to make an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation. A hearing aid may be the simple solution to getting you back on the road to success.