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May 2007: May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

01 May 2007

The Weiss Audiology Department is offering free hearing screenings during May by appointment only. Please call our office to schedule an appointment at (773) 564-5747.

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

Meredith Resnick, M.A, CCC-A
Weiss Hearing Center
Weiss Memorial Hospital
4646 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640

The National Institute of Health reports that 15 percent of 55-64 year olds, 30 percent of 65-74 year olds and 40 percent of those 75+ have a hearing loss that affects communication.

There are many causes of hearing loss in adults such as disease or infection, ototoxic drugs, exposure to noise, tumors, trauma and the normal aging process.

Hearing loss due to aging (presbycusis) can be an invisible handicap. Most patients with hearing loss have no difficulty hearing in a quiet room. They typically have trouble hearing when there is competing noise or when the speaker is a female or child. This is because most patients have high frequency hearing loss.

Most patients struggle with hearing loss for years before bringing it up to their physician. Many of our patients often comment that they wish they new earlier that help was available. Today, with all the advanced digital technology, high frequency hearing loss can be significantly improved.

It is important to wear ear protection in noisy environments and have routine ear examinations to help prevent hearing loss.

If you have ANY concerns regarding your hearing capabilities, please schedule an appointment for this FREE hearing screening during May at (773) 564-5747.