& Hearing Health Contributes to an Independent Quality of Life When was the last time you had your hearing
checked? For many of us, it dates back
to third grade when the school nurse pulled us out of gym class. We then had a
headset put over our ears and raised our hand when we heard beeps. Why is it that when it comes to our two most
vital senses, Vision & Hearing we routinely have our vision checked but not
our hearing? Even when we have an annual
physical, our Doctors don’t check our hearing.
In the late 1990’s, several studies were
published that defined a health care diagnosis of Dual Sensory Loss.Beginning in our mid 30’s, we all begin to
experience a decline in both our vision and hearing senses.With Vision, it is much more obvious as our
arms get longer, the print becomes smaller and we immediately start reaching
for those readers.Unfortunately
diminished hearing is much more subtle.As our hearing declines we tend to turn up the volume, guess what is
being said, activate closed captions and although you may not realize it, we
actually can read lips!
Studies have shown that for those of us who
don’t acknowledge and address Dual Sensory Loss, we will experience isolation,
depression and in some instances a higher mortality rate.It is for this reason that many ophthalmology
practices have now expanded their annual eye exams to screen for hearing
health.The premise being, if our
patients become 20/20 or what we call 20/Happy and can see the emergency
vehicle in front of them, shouldn’t we also ensure that they can also hear the
siren behind them?
The screening takes less than a minute and if
necessary will result in your Doctor ordering an expanded hearing exam to
determine the extent of your hearing loss.In many instances, it may simply be a buildup of ear wax or those
potatoes our parents always said were growing in our ears.However, it may also be a more severe situation
requiring further testing from an ENT.The great news is, should the hearing loss be “treatable”, advancements
in hearing technology can now restore much of your diminished hearing and allow
you to live a more independent, quality of life!
If you haven’t had a hearing screening recently,
ask the team at The Eye Care & Surgery Center of New Jersey to schedule an
appointment for you.You will be
surprised at what you may be missing!
Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue,
Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059
and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout
central and northern New Jersey.