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.

panelGirlUntreated 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?

  1. Get Tested
  2. Know the Signs
  3. Know the Causes.

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