EAST LONGMEADOW – The national Audiology Awareness Campaign (AAC) is pleased to announce “Listen Up America” Week, Oct. 13 to 16.
This week-long event provides opportunities for local audiologists to raise awareness about hearing loss and hearing loss prevention and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience hearing loss.
AAC provides a collaborative approach to educating consumers about the dangers of noise, incidence and impact of hearing loss and tinnitus on communication, and the importance of early identification, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. AAC is out to educate the public on why you should see an audiologist for your hearing healthcare needs.
“There are many causes of hearing loss, including exposure to loud noise, ear infections, diseases of the ear, chronic health conditions or certain medications, and deterioration due to the aging process,” Susan B. Chunyk, Au.D, said.
Since hearing loss typically occurs gradually over a long period of time, and since it is painless, many people are unaware of the early signs. Common signs include: trouble understanding women’s and children’s voices; hearing well in quiet, but struggling to understand in background noise; misunderstanding words; increasing the television volume; feeling tired or stressed in challenging listening situations; avoiding participation in gatherings, movies or religious services where there are unfamiliar voices or groups of people talking. Most hearing loss is permanent, but treatment is available to lessen its effects. If any of these signs apply to you, you should see an audiologist.
An audiologist is a university trained, licensed and clinically experienced healthcare professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating people with hearing loss. If a hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will work with you to determine the best treatment. Possible treatment might include hearing instruments, devices to provide amplification or wireless Bluetooth connectivity for telephone or television listening, and use of communication strategies.
See the doctors of audiology at Hampden Hearing Center for a free hearing screening and spread the word about hearing healthcare in your community. This quick, complimentary visit is intended for adults with any concern about their hearing. The free service will be provided by appointment only.
Hampden Hearing Center’s audiologists offer personalized hearing services, including complete diagnostic hearing evaluations, prescribing and fitting of hearing aids, counseling regarding improved communication for people with hearing loss and fabrication of custom earmolds for swimming and noise protection. Hampden Hearing Center has provided audiological and hearing aid services in East Longmeadow since 1984.
Contact Hampden Hearing Center at 525-7979.