Audiology Awareness Month
Early Detection And Treatment Of Hearing Loss
By Pat Gavin
WEYMOUTH - Over 36 million American
adults have some degree of hearing loss. That is
more than four times the number of people who live
in New York City. The statistics are just as
surprising in that more than 50% of these 36 million
Americans are under the age of 65. Hearing loss is
the third most common health problem in the United
States. Taking time to see an audiologist for
regular hearing check-ups and recognizing the signs
of hearing loss are critical to early detection and
treatment. Make an appointment to get your hearing
checked this October during National Audiology
There are a number of causes of hearing loss. It
can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, ear
infections, trauma, ear disease, harm to the inner
ear and ear drum, illness or certain medications.
There is also deterioration due to the normal aging
process. Exposure to loud noise and music is more
frequent and more potentially damaging than most of
Do you avoid restaurants and social gatherings
because it is frustrating to engage in conversation
there? Do you keep to yourself in noisy
environments? If you answered yes, you may have a
hearing problem. Some tell-tale signs of hearing
• Difficulty hearing conversations in noisy
environments such as a restaurant, shopping mall, in
a car or at the movie theater.
• Friends, family or colleagues having to repeat
themselves when speaking to you.
• Having trouble hearing people when they are not
facing you or they are in another room.
• Having a sense that people seem to “mumble” all
• Trouble following conversations.
• Turning up the volume of the TV to levels that
most people find excessive.
• You have ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in
On average, most Americans don’t know how to
recognize the first signs of hearing loss or find a
qualified professional to diagnose and treat the
condition. If you think you may have a hearing loss,
you need to see an audiologist. An audiologist is a
licensed and board-certified doctoral-level
professional who specializes in evaluating,
diagnosing and providing non-medical treatment of
people with hearing and balance disorders.
The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is
to get your hearing evaluated. An audiological
evaluation will determine the degree of hearing loss
and what can be done. Although most hearing loss is
permanent, an audiologist can determine the best
treatment, which may include hearing aids, hearing
assistive technology, hearing rehabilitation and
About The Author
Dr. David Citron received his Ph.D. in
Audiology from Purdue University and founded South
Shore Hearing Center 30 years ago this month. For
more information or to schedule an appointment with
an audiologist, contact South Shore Hearing Center
at (781) 33 7-6860 or on-line at www.sshc.com.