There are two answers to this question:
Dr. Darrow, world-renowned Neuroscientist and Clinical Audiologist, encourages all individuals (as do many clinical organizations including the American Doctors of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, etc.,) to obtain your baseline hearing evaluation at the age of 50 years old. At EIA, we support the adage of ‘Ears and Rears’, helping people to remember to have their annual cancer screenings and hearing evaluations on an annual basis starting at the age of 50. Depending on the results of the initial evaluation, patients may be recommended bi-annual, annual, or perhaps a follow-up visit in 2-3 years.
Hearing loss is listed by the Department of Health and Human Services as 3rd most common chronic health condition affecting seniors. Like all medical conditions, the key to successful treatment is early intervention. There are many scientific reports supporting the effectiveness of early intervention for hearing loss by maintaining a high level of auditory acuity longer. Consider these 2 scenarios:
Our Auditory system, like all of our body, is ‘Use It Or Lose It’, or perhaps another way to think about it is: ‘Don’t use it, you will lose it!’
Hearing Loss can increase the risk of developing Dementia by 200-500%, according to recent research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. Compared with study participants with normal hearing, those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss a significant increase in the risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease. “A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Dr. Frank Lin (of Johns Hopkins Medical Center) says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem .”
Hearing loss and the impact on cognitive function and the development of Dementia is believed to be the result of a number of factors, including:
Neurotechnology™ is designed by auditory engineers to treat hearing loss by providing proper stimulation to the auditory system. Neurotechnology™, unlike prior hearing devices that ‘just make sounds louder’, is focused on replacing the 4 primary features of auditory processing:
NeuroTechnology™ is designed to treat hearing loss by using complex stimulation patters to help replace diminished auditory input to the brain. Traditional hearing aids just make things louder, but with today’s new NeuroTechnology™ treatment options you can hear more clearly and more naturally, in all listening environments…. even in noisy restaurants!
Today’s NeuroTechnology™ includes the following features:
NeuroTechnology™ is designed with the intent to enhance the clarity of speech details in all listening environments, including in situations with significant background noise.
Tinnitus is defined as the sensation of sound in your ears, sometimes in your head.
Each person with Tinnitus has a different sound experience; for many it is described as a ‘ringing.’ Tinnitus is experienced by 70-80% of people with hearing loss. Some people only notice their Tinnitus in a quiet room, whereas many others experience the sound all day – and it can interfere with daily life. Tinnitus has been linked to depression, anxiety and can interfere with concentration.
Tinnitus is most commonly the result of a ‘Central Gain’ in neural activity that occurs in the brain when there is a loss of proper neural stimulation from the ear. More simply – because the brain is not properly stimulated in individuals with hearing loss (even a mild hearing loss), the brain will increase activity to make up for the missing stimulation.
Fortunately, there is a treatment option. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved treatment for Tinnitus by providing the brain with proper stimulation. There is no pill, no surgery, no other available option approved to treat Tinnitus. Newly available neurotechnology is for people with hearing loss and with normal hearing. Studies show that patients who use these tinnitus support devices report a significant reduction in their daily Tinnitus experience – some even say the ‘ringing is gone during the day’.
As you research hearing health care providers and different types of hearing treatment options for yourself, your spouse, or a loved one, you are in the right place. Just like every ear is different, audiology practices are different too. In your search for finding the right hearing health care professional, you will most likely find there are several options available, but it is important to know that all hearing loss treatment options are not created equal.
At Excellence in Audiology™, our mission is to Empower Active-Aging through enhanced communication and hearing. To help you choose the right hearing healthcare provider in your community we have developed a ‘Top 10’ list to help you find the best provider in your area.
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There are different types of NeuroTechnology™ – each custom designed and programmed to meet your hearing loss, and your hearing needs, but they all ultimately perform the same function: to help you hear more clearly, and more naturally. We hear with our BRAINS, not with our ears.
Today’s NeuroTechnology™ is the only proven hearing loss treatment options with a focus on enhancing brain function by providing enhanced clarity surround-sound with background-noise cancelling features. NeuroTechnology™ can be used to address the full spectrum of hearing difficulties, from people with audiometric ‘normal hearing’ to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss.
We hear with our BRAINS, not with our ears.
NeuroTechnology™ comes in several ‘shapes and sizes’, including some invisible options for maximum discreteness. The hearing health care provider will review your treatment options based on your specific hearing loss and hearing needs. Regardless of which treatment option is right for you, whether you’re out to dinner with friends, hitting the beach, meeting with clients, or hiking, you’ll be able to hear what matters most with today’s hearing loss technology.
SEVERAL FEATURES AVAILABLE INCLUDE:
Invisible Treatment Options: Once placed in your ear, it’s hassle-free so that you may even forget you’re wearing the device! And that’s the point. Hearing loss shouldn’t hold you back, and neither should your hearing solution. Features in today’s invisible technology options include:
Mini ‘Receiver In The Ear’ Options: Groundbreaking NeuroTechnology™ is fast and precise enough to analyze and follow the dynamics of the entire auditory environment, and differentiate between speech and background noise.
Advances in miniaturization of technology have led to the breakthrough of new NeuroTechnology™ proven to support brain function, including working memory, selective attention and processing speed (The Hearing Review: Dr. Desjardin, University of Texas, El Paso). These new devices have 3 features designed specifically to maintain the brain’s innate ability to hear in all different listening situations:
In addition, some options include Bluetooth and Internet compatible options that enable:
There are different types of NeuroTechnology™ – each custom designed and programmed to meet your hearing loss, and your hearing needs, but they all ultimately perform the same function: to help you hear more clearly, and more naturally.
Once you are comfortable and you know specifically which hearing health care provider you want to treat you, your spouse, your parent or other family member, the next question typically is, “How much is this going to cost and how am I going to pay for this?”
I have always believed that the patient needs options to help them invest in proper hearing health care. A reputable Audiology practice understands that for some people the upfront investment in hearing healthcare can be prohibitive. Patients must be provided with options.
All Excellence In Audiology offices will offer reputable creditors/banks to help establish a payment plan (some with 0% interest for 1 year, or even a longer term payment plan with fixed interest terms).
Be sure to ask your provider if they offer the exclusive Excellence In Audiology™ ‘Hear For Life’ program that provides individuals the opportunity to pay a one time down-payment and a small monthly
fee thereafter with the advantage of full warranty (loss, damage and repair coverage for life), complete access to supplies, batteries and service appointments for life, and no-cost automatic upgrades on new versions of NeuroTechnology™ for life.
Simple answer: if you are over 50 you should have your hearing evaluated. And if it is determined that you have a hearing loss, early treatment is the key to success with NeuroTechnology™.
A More Detailed Answer: I always stress the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss to each of my patients.
The American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Medical Association have all considered the recommendation of including ‘hearing evaluation / screening’ between the age of 50-60 years young. I often use the catch phrase ‘Ears and Rears’ as my way of getting people to remember to have their hearing checked when they turn 50 (and of course, have a colonoscopy too!).
Similar to going to your primary care physician every year, obtaining a baseline hearing test can help to better serve you and your clinician to guide the medical recommendation at current or future appointments. Obtaining a baseline of normal hearing never hurt anyone!
Regardless of age, if you are noticing any of the symptoms of hearing loss, e.g. difficulty hearing in noisy situations, difficulty hearing the TV (compared to others), if your family is suggesting you get a hearing test, or if you have ringing in your ears (defined as Tinnitus).
Unfortunately waiting too long can significantly impact the expectations and outcome of treatment, and sadly every Hearing Health Care Provider I know has a patient they have had to tell they waited too long and the benefits of treatment will be minimal.
Take Care of Your Neurotechnology™ and It Will Take Care Of You: Regular maintenance and care of your Neurotechnology™ is critical to the success of the devices and for success in treating your hearing loss.
NOTE: In the rare case that your NeuroTechnology™ is malfunctioning and not providing ample stimulation please follow these 2 steps before calling the office: 1) change the batteries, and 2) change the wax basket. These are the cause of 98% of all hearing aid emergency appointments and can help save you time and travel! As always, you are welcome to call the office if you are uncomfortable with either of these and would like help.
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