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 came to be under Dr. Donovan's care during a medical emergency at the hospital. The care I received that day and in every interaction after, at Willamette ENT has been prompt, professional and very thorough. I feel very well cared for.”