Dr. Ernest Levister
Remember those bulky, uncomfortable and rather unattractive buff-colored hearing devices? Thankfully, they’re a thing of the past! In recent years, electronics have been miniaturized to the point where designers have been able to focus more on aesthetics. As a result, people can now lead unencumbered, fully functional lives with a solution that’s so tiny; you’d never know they were wearing one.
Nowadays, hearing solutions are technologically advanced, come packed with amazing features and are available in more styles, sizes, designs and price ranges than ever before.
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.
Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.
Age-related hearing loss most often occurs in both ears, affecting them equally. Because the loss is gradual, if you have age-related hearing loss you may not realize that you've lost some of your ability to hear.
There are many causes of age-related hearing loss. Most commonly, it arises from changes in the inner ear as we age, but it can also result from changes in the middle ear, or from complex changes along the nerve pathways from the ear to the brain. Certain medical conditions and medications may also play a role.
A recent study found that people with hearing problems who did not wear a device were more likely to report sadness and depression, anxiety, paranoia, emotional problems, insecurity and reduced social activities.
Preserving the quality of your hearing and reducing the risk of auditory deprivation is critical. As a result of a continued lack of sound stimulation, auditory deprivation, the brain gradually loses some of its ability to process information including speech.
Some people want their instruments to be as stylish and discreet as possible, some want to have the maximum speech clarity. Others would like theirs to be easy to use and simple to maintain.
Either way, your audiologist, after looking at your clinical needs and personal preferences, will be able to recommend the best hearing aids the industry has to offer and help you make the right choice.