Hearing loss can occur at any age and for many reasons. In adults, however, one of the most common periods for hearing loss to begin is between ages 40 and 55 years. In fact, aging and chronic exposure to loud noises are the two most significant factors that contribute to hearing loss. Other factors, such as excessive earwax, can temporarily prevent your ears from conducting sounds as well as they should.

You may not even be aware that you have a hearing impairment. Some forms of hearing loss are very mild and may only involve difficulty hearing certain sounds. Other types may occur so gradually that they progress without you even noticing.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I often ask others “What?” or ask them to repeat themselves?
  • Do I turn up the TV or radio louder than is comfortable for others?
  • Do I have trouble understanding speech in restaurants?
  • Do I have difficulty understanding soft voices, especially those of women or children?

If you suspect you may have some hearing loss, call our office to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation.   With a hearing evaluation, it can be determined whether hearing loss is present, and what type of hearing loss exists.  In some instances, medical or surgical treatment may be indicated, but most hearing losses are easily treated with amplification (hearing aids or assistive listening devices).

By law, physicians in New York State cannot dispense hearing aids for patients.  Therefore we do not dispense hearing aids. However, by federal law, a patient must first have a physician evaluation before purchasing a hearing aid.

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