Hearing loss is the third most common health problems in the United States.
Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. More than half are younger than age 65 – according to American Academy of Audiology.
Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being — your quality of life!
What can you do?
Stop in for a hearing test or keep an eye out for our ad campaign in the Statesman Journal. We hope to be your resource should you ever become concerned about your or a family member’s hearing.
Signs you may have a hearing loss:
- Difficulty hearing people talk in noisy environments such as a resturant, shopping mall, in a car, or at the movie theater
- People seem to “mumble” all the time
- Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking to you
- Having trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room
- Having trouble following conversations
- Experiencing ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears
What causes hearing loss:
- Exposure to excessive noise
- Ear infections, trauma, or ear disease
- Harm of the inner ear and ear drum from contact with a foreign object (cotton swabs, fingers, bugs)
- Illness or certain medications
- Deteriorating hearing due to the normal aging process
“I have been going to Willamette ENT on and off for most of my life. The staff is always so friendly, and the doctors and nurses show a lot of care and compassion!”