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Are You Worried That You May Have Hearing Loss?

We understand how hard it can be for you to recognize and come to terms with your hearing loss. Whether you are trying to diagnose your concern or just gain more information about hearing loss, contact us and we can help. Unlike an obvious injury, hearing loss can be quite difficult for someone who suffers it to recognize. This is because of the nature of the onset of hearing loss- it is very rarely of sudden onset. Hearing loss more often develops gradually over many years in a slow and almost insidious manner. Quite often the very last person to realize that there is a problem is the person suffering with hearing loss. Because of this slow process and the slow change in your terms of reference, it can be many years before you realize that you have a hearing loss.

Hearing loss is not like loss of vision; When you have problems with your sight, you know it immediately. However when you cannot hear a sound, it just simply no longer exists for you. Hearing loss is often more apparent for the people around the person suffering. Many people suffer from hearing loss, not just the people whose hearing is diminished. Hearing loss affects friends, family, co-workers, business associates, and everyone a person with a hearing problem comes into contact with. In addition, many recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages.

Signs Of Hearing Loss

There are clear signs that a person may be suffering with hearing loss.  

  • Difficulty understanding people, especially in crowded places like bars or restaurants
  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • The need to have instructions repeated
  • A high volume level on the TV or stereo
  • Difficulty hearing telephone conversations
  • Difficulty when people are speaking in another room

If you are displaying one or more signs listed here, you should consider getting your hearing tested. The quicker a hearing loss is detected and treated the better the outcome. 

The Impact Of Your Hearing Loss

We know hearing loss can greatly impact the quality of a person’s life. Many recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages. Hearing loss has also been linked to other medical problems such as diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and neuro degenerative diseases like dementia. If hearing loss is left untreated, it can leave you feeling isolated or withdrawn to a level where you may avoid social situations and contact. This can often lead to tension with your loved ones, which can further increase your feeling of isolation and may re-enforce the withdrawal from social activities. If any of the seven signs of hearing loss are a common occurrence for you, then it is time to consider seeking some help.

"I recently visited Hawkins Hearing Center, one of many visits over the past few years. I was treated like family. Carol is a true professional, and very outgoing. Her services are quick and efficient. I would gladly reccomend Hawkins Hearing Center to anyone needing a hearing test, new hearing aids or repairs. Her Solon Square office is easy to get to, with plenty of parking right outside the door. Best of all - there is no pressure to purchase any service or product you don't need"


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