Hearing is important
Do you hear but not always understand? The probability that you will answer yes to this question could be more common than you may have realized.  In North America an estimated 31 million people have some degree of hearing loss.  Approximately 11 million of these people are 65 years of age and over and another 10 million are between the ages of 48 & 64 years of age.  Why is hearing so important?  Hearing occurs in our brains and keeping a clear signal from our ears helps not just our ability to comminicate effectively but can affect our overall health.
Symptoms of hearing loss
Fear, loneliness, isolation, social withdrawal, anxiety, confusion, depression and paranoia are symptoms of hearing loss. You should be concerned about leaving hearing loss untreated.  It may affect your job, your marriage, bring frustration to your family and friends without you realizing it.  Denial of the possibility you may suffer from some form of hearing loss can easily be overcome by seeking help and finding out for sure.
Help for hearing problems
Modern technology makes better hearing possible. Just as a person with a vision impairment understands that glasses or surgery will correct their vision problem, help for hearing impairment begins when a person is willing to invest the time and effort to have their problem tested and treated. Most hearing problems can be helped, either medically or with amplification. The quality of help today far surpasses what was available even a few years ago!  Your Hearing Aid Specialist will refer you to a Doctor if there is a need for medical attention.
How many causes & types of hearing loss are there?
Some people are born with a hearing defect, but more often hearing loss is caused by the aging process, prolonged exposure to loud noise, a head injury or ear infection. There are two types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural (nerve loss). Conductive loss occurs when the eardrum or middle ear does not work properly. A build up of wax in the ear canal, an ear infection, a punctured or scarred eardrum can cause this type of loss. Often, a conductive hearing loss can be surgically corrected.

Nerve or sensorineural loss, the type most often associated with aging, occurs when sound vibrations are not processed correctly by the hearing nerve in the inner ear. When this happens, messages cannot be passed to the brain and words often sound muffled.

Usually, hearing instruments will assist this type of loss by amplifying sounds that otherwise would not be heard. Hearing instruments are custom made to fit each person’s loss and ear shape.
Why should you seek help from an Oregon Hearing Society Member?
As a Society we maintain that our members adhere to a Code of Ethics for Hearing Aid Specialists, upholding the highest standards. These principles of professional conduct are to help provide the best service for the hearing impaired and to guide hearing health professionals in their relations with patients, colleagues and the general public. Seeking hearing help from one of our members will give confidence to the hearing impaired consumers of Oregon.  Our educational seminars with quality speakers and topics help to keep members current with the changing technology.  The latest technological advances have brought the consumer satisfaction rate to an all time high.
Which hearing instrument is right for me?
Let your Hearing Aid Specialist make the professional recommendation of what is right for your needs.  It is important to develop an on going relationship with your Hearing Aid Specialist for quality hearing care.

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