Hearing Loss…The Invisible Health Problem

By Guest writer
Wednesday - November 05, 2008

Modern hearing aids are virtually invisible.

Thousands of people in Hawaii live with untreated hearing loss. There are many ways for them to improve their quality of life through better hearing and understanding. If you or someone you care about suspects they may have a hearing problem, you will be interested in this simple home hearing test at the end of this article. If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and should have your hearing checked by a hearing health care professional.

What should I do?

Even a mild hearing problem can have serious consequences. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to seek professional help. You will find the expert advice you need to find the best solution to your problem. You should get a video ear scan to determine if there is a blockage of the ear canal or any abnormalities that may be obstructing the sound. Next you should have an audiometric hearing test. The test results are recorded on a chart called an audiogram. Various other test may be indicated by your hearing test. When all the information is gathered, the specialist will be able to offer expert advice on the best course of action for your individual problem. If you are over 18 years of age, Ohana Hearing Care will provide all the services above, a $150.00 value, free of charge for a limited time.

Why am I losing my hearing?

Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This c dition is known as presbycusis (prez-buh-KYOO-sis). Doctors do not know why this happens, but it seems to run in families. Another reason for hearing loss may be exposure to too much loud noise. This condition is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Many construction workers, farmers, musicians, airport workers, tree cutters, and people in the armed forces have hearing problems because of too much exposure to loud noise. Sometimes loud noise can cause a ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ears called tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Hearing loss can also be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain oto-toxic medications.

Free Information and Helpful Suggestions

Virtually all hearing problems can be helped. Modern digital hearing aids are quite remarkable in the way they correct hearing problems. They are comfortable, easy to use and virtually invisible. The experts at Ohana Hearing Care have state of the art solutions that really work. They offer all major brands and models and guarantee the lowest prices in Hawaii. Their “worry free” 45 day home trial is your assurance of complete satisfaction. For an appointment for a free evaluation and consultation, call 593-2137. You will be glad you did. Ask for a free copy of the “Coping With Hearing Loss” brochure-valuable information to make life easier for anyone with a hearing problem.

Already have a hearing aid? Ohana offers service and repair on all makes and models.




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