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The Impact of Hearing Loss

Our ability to hear keeps us connected to the world around us and the people who matter most. On average, people wait 7 years to treat their hearing loss, but that amount of time can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. Letting your hearing loss go untreated may cause you to feel isolated from those around you, and may make it harder for you to adjust if you decide to get hearing aids later on because your brain is not used to hearing everyday sounds like the refrigerator running or cars passing by outside.

There are also a number of health conditions that have been connected to hearing loss including diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity, heart disease, and more. If you experience any of these conditions, it’s important that you receive regular hearing screenings as well.

If you or a loved one has hearing loss, make an appointment! We’d love to help you start your journey to better hearing.

Helping Young Patients with Hearing Loss

Many of our patients are children. We love being able to help children hear better and see the look on their face when they are properly fitted with hearing aids and can hear the sound of their parent’s voices for the first time. We are happy to be a part of this emotional experience—that’s why we welcome children of all ages into our facility for hearing evaluations. Our waiting room is child-friendly with games and toys so they can be comfortable while waiting.

Hearing loss in children is incredibly common in the United States. In fact, 1 to 3 out of every 1000 babies are born with some type of hearing loss. If you suspect your child has hearing loss, it is crucial you take them to a specialist so they can receive the proper help.

Some signs your child may have hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying
  • Limited, poor, or no speech
  • Difficulty learning
  • They fail to respond to conversation-level speech or answer inappropriately
  • They fail to respond to their name
  • Easily frustrated when there is a lot of background noise
  • Watches the speaker’s face very intently - many children are successful lip readers

If your child does have hearing loss, then treatment options can include hearing aids, cochlear implants, and combination of speech therapy. The option that is right for you and your child will depend on a number of factors including the cause and severity of their hearing loss. Because we are a rehabilitation center we can treat children with hearing loss through hearing aids and speech therapy in the same location.

We understand it can feel overwhelming when your child is diagnosed with hearing loss, but we are here to guide you every step of the way. We want to help your family hear their best and provide the highest quality of care to our young patients.

Protecting Your Hearing

Even if you don’t currently have hearing loss, it is important to keep your ears, and the ears of your family members, healthy. You can do this by avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noises and if you plan on being around loud noise, for a concert or sporting event, then be sure to wear protective hearing devices. At Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, we can make custom fit earplugs to keep your hearing safe when in noisy environments. That way you can continue to enjoy life while also protecting your overall hearing health.

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