Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Health Awareness Month

by | Aug 4, 2020 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources | 0 comments

The team at Aim Hearing and Audiology Services has improved the lives of thousands of people across Greensboro and beyond.

But during Hearing Health Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that many of those with a hearing concern wait years before seeking treatment.

This is troubling, as hearing loss is on the rise right across America. Today, it’s not just those who’ve had long, exciting lives that are at risk but young people as well.

If you know someone who is struggling but hasn’t sought help from a doctor of audiology, these might be some of the reasons why.

But I can still hear?

One of the main reasons why people don’t seek professional attention, particularly in the early stages of a hearing loss, is that they don’t recognize the symptoms.

This results from a lack of education concerning hearing loss in general. People understand that they must have their eyes checked regularly but not their ears.

It’s often relatives and friends that recognize the early warning signs. These include when someone turns the TV up louder than normal or often misses the punchline of jokes.

If you know someone who seems to be struggling, it’s important that they receive a full hearing assessment with Aim Hearing and Audiology Services rapidly.

Is hearing loss treatable?

Another reason why people wait years before treating their hearing loss is that they don’t know about the fantastic solutions that are available.

Most remember the large, bulky devices that their grandparents wore and expect the current technology to be largely the same.

However, today’s hearing aids have advanced dramatically and can provide life-changing outcomes for a variety of conditions.

Not only are they sleek and discrete, but they’re also full of features. Most brands allow wearers to stream calls and music direct from their smartphones with Bluetooth connectivity.

I’m sure it’s expensive

A final reason why many decide not to seek assistance is that they are under the impression that treatments require a large investment.

But what many don’t know is how valuable hearing treatments are in more ways than one.

A hearing loss won’t just affect your ability to understand a plethora of different sounds. It can also lead to cognitive issues such as dementia.

Today, healthcare insurers are willing to cover some or all of the costs of hearing loss treatments.

And the team at Aim Hearing and Audiology Services can advise you on a variety of state programs that can help you to get the treatment you deserve.

Are you concerned about hearing loss or know someone who is? Contact the team at Aim Hearing and Audiology Services, and they’ll work with you to find a solution!

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Dr. Shannon Frymark Au.D., CCC-A

Shannon Frymark, Au.D., CCC-A, audiologist, was raised in Greensboro, NC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was awarded her doctorate in Audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry: School of Audiology. While in undergraduate and graduate school, she worked at the Central School for the Deaf as a residential counselor. Dr. Frymark spent the first five years of her audiology career with Florida Hospital in central Florida.

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