Do you suffer from hearing loss? If you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time or find yourself asking people to repeat themselves – there is a 12% to 50% chance that you have a hearing problem. It is estimated that one in eight people in the United States 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears,1 and that the older we get, the more likely we may have disabling hearing loss.
Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate with friends, family, and those around us. As Helen Keller said, "Blindness separates people from things. Deafness separates people from people." Over time, hearing problems and hearing loss can also have a psychosocial impact leading to avoidance of others, anxiety, social phobia, and depression, in extreme cases. But, there is good news! Audiologists can help determine the cause of your hearing loss and get you back in the conversation.
Hearing loss can be corrected under the care of an audiologist with amplification devices like hearing aids or rehabilitation therapies. In some cases, hearing loss is corrected medically or surgically by an otolaryngologist. Audiologists can also help protect your hearing with custom-made hearing protection ear molds or ear plugs. This is particularly important for musicians, construction workers, and others who work in industries that expose their ears to loud noises that can impact hearing.
To assess your hearing needs, audiologists will conduct a comprehensive hearing test and evaluation, provide you with treatment recommendations, and follow-up. These highly trained professionals focus on your communication needs and will continue to work with you, as needed, to make adjustments to fit hearing aids or other amplification devices to help you communicate with the world around you.
To get started, make an Audiology appointment request online or refer to the locations below to find an audiologist near you.
Your ARC Clinical Team
Our audiologists work with patients to evaluate hearing loss and recommend hearing aids or assistive devices that can improve hearing for patients of all ages, including newborns. We are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options available to ensure you can hear the world around you and, once again, communicate with the world around you.
ARC is proud to provide a patient-centered model of health care through an organized system of communication and a proactive approach to care, which is called coordinated care. With the Audiology team and extending to all other specialists, this approach ensures that their treatments are communicated to other health care providers involved with a patient's care.