Can Hearing Aids Help Mild Hearing Loss?

by | Oct 13, 2017 | news

Can Hearing Aids Help Mild Hearing Loss?

​It is a common misconception that hearing aids are not necessary for mild cases of hearing loss. However, hearing aids may be appropriate and often extremely helpful in cases of mild hearing loss.

Consider Functional Impact

Each person should be considered on an individual basis, in particular how their hearing loss impacts their functioning. In most cases where there are listening difficulties noted day to day, there is room for improvement through hearing devices.

Hearing Loss Worse In Certain Environments

We recently worked closely with a patient with mild hearing loss who works as a therapist with small children. Although she functions well with her hearing loss in most environments, she notices herself straining to hear the children’s voices.

Missing Conversation Is Unsettling

She reports feeling unsettled that she may misunderstand or not be able to hear the children during their sessions. However, she was under the impression that her hearing loss wasn’t bad enough for hearing aids. After an evaluation and consultation, realistic expectations about what hearing aids could provide were discussed in detail.

Thrilled With Improvement From Hearing Aids

The patient ended up pursuing hearing devices and has been thrilled with the improvement in her hearing. She feels much more comfortable and confident in her abilities at work and no longer worries about misunderstanding the children.

Why Miss Out On The Sounds Of Life?

Most people wait 7 to 10 years from the time they notice a hearing loss before they see an audiologist about it. During that time they may be missing out on conversations, the finer sounds like rustling leaves and birds singing, and withdrawing socially to compensate for their impaired hearing. Every day we hear patients with new hearing aids exclaim “I wish I had done this sooner!” If you suspect you have a hearing loss - even a mild one, why wait any longer?

Come In For A Free Consultation

I invite you to come in for a free hearing screening and consultation. You may not need hearing aids, but at least you will have a baseline measurement of your hearing ability to compare against in the future.

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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA Principal

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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