Hearing

When someone in the family has a hearing loss. The whole family has a hearing problem.

Mark Ross, PHD

Hearing

Introduction

Hearing is one of our most important senses. Typically a person with a mild to moderate hearing loss is not even aware they have a problem, even though their loved ones are aware of the loss. Hearing loss is usually gradual; it usually worsens with age and is generally permanent. Without the ability to hear, communication, and the quality of life suffers.

Hearing loss is invisible and almost always painless. There is no physical warning signs, except in some cases there may be ringing in the ear(s). But, the real reason hearing loss “sneaks” up on you is that the change is so gradual. Most hearing losses develop over the period of years. By age 50 or 60, there can be enough deterioration to interfere with conversation.

Statistics show that 1 in 10 people are affected by a hearing loss, more common than most people realize. This number increases in the senior citizen population.

Hearing professionals believe that exposure to loud noises or a family history of hearing loss is the most common cause for hearing loss in senior citizens followed by the natural aging process.

An Hearing Instrument Specialist evaluate hearing ability; select, fit and sell hearing aids; and provide counseling and troubleshooting support for adult hearing aid users. At Precision Hearing our Hearing Instrument Specialist are members of The College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta and Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. Consult one of the Specialist at Precision Hearing for more information or for an appointment.