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How Well Do You Really Hear?

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Free, no-obligation seminar on the first Tuesday of the month, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Agnes Reardon
Posted 3/12/14

If the last time you had your hearing checked it was done by the school nurse, it’s time to get it checked again.

Nearly a fifth of Americans age 12 and older have hearing loss that is so severe that it may affect their communication, according to research from Johns Hopkins Medical Centers. While most people tend to associate hearing loss with aging, but hearing loss happens at any age.

How is your hearing? Answer these ten questions:

1. Do you have difficulty hearing in noisy restaurants?
Yes
No
Maybe

2. Do people sound like they are mumbling?
Yes
No
Maybe

3. Do you have difficulty understanding speech on the telephone?
Yes
No
Maybe

4. Can you understand men better than women or children?
Yes
No
Maybe

5. Do you seem to hear better out of one ear better than the other?
Yes
No
Maybe


6. Do you have difficulty hearing someone who is speaking in a whisper?
Yes
No
Maybe

7. Do you find yourself turning up the volume on the TV?
Yes
No
Maybe

8. Do your family members make comments about your ability to hear?
Yes
No
Maybe

9. Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
Yes
No
Maybe

10. Have you been or are you frequently exposed to loud noises?
Yes
No
Maybe

If you answered “Yes” or “Sometimes” to any of these questions, you are in need of a professional hearing evaluation.

“Whether or not you have hearing loss, I can find a solution to help you to hear or communicate better, or simply protect the hearing you have,” says says Dr. Kirstie Taylor, doctor of audiology and head of the Doctor’s Hearing Care office in Wheat Ridge, Colo. “But it all starts with a simple hearing test.”
The test you have now will serve as your baseline test, says Dr. Taylor. “If a few years from now you are concerned that you have some hearing loss, we can compare the test results to your baseline, and plan for the best course of action possible on your path to better hearing.”

A number of factors that can contribute to a hearing loss, including age, exposure to noise, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes or genetics.
However, hearing loss is not a disorder that’s easy to recognize and is often left untreated for many years. Recent studies, most notably from The Johns Hopkins University, are beginning to document the impact of untreated hearing loss. A study from researchers from Johns Hopkins recently reported that hearing loss in older adults is linked to accelerated loss of brain tissue.

The study gives some urgency to treating hearing loss rather than ignoring it. “If you want to address hearing loss well, you want to do it sooner rather than later,” said Dr. Frank Lin of Johns Hopkins, who was part of the study.

To welcome those who want to learn more about their hearing, Dr. Taylor holds a free, no-obligation seminar on the first Tuesday of the month, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It’s your opportunity to learn about tinnitus, hearing loss, hearing aids and why you should buy from a locally owned business. Please call Dr. Taylor at (303) 377-4777 to reserve a seat.

“I take pride in being able to think outside of the box and apply the knowledge I have gained through my doctoral education and over 15 years of experience to customize solutions for each person in need,” says Dr. Taylor. “I want you to enjoy the experience of improving your hearing, your communication, and improving your life.

“Life does not have a replay button!” she ads. “Make an appointment to have your hearing checked today.”

To send Dr. Taylor a question, drop by this page on her website.

Doctor’s Hearing Care
3352 Youngfield St., Suite B
Wheat Ridge, Colo. 80033
(303) 377-4777