A Consonant Problem

                Life expectancies have increased by more than 60% over the last 100 years.  People are living longer lives that are filled with family and community activities.  This new level of active participation requires us to be in our best physical condition.  We can exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep, but there are some parts of our bodies that cannot be maintained through exercise.  Even under the best conditions, our ability to hear lessens with age.

                Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is a slow moving, progressive condition the affects the higher frequencies.  One of the first signs is difficulty in differentiating between consonants such as “sh”, “th”, or “p”.  In speech, consonants, which generally have a higher frequency than vowels, provide the clues for understanding what someone is saying.  If not understood, conversation may prove difficult.  For individuals who are attending meetings, participating in church and community activities, or just enjoying the company of others, this level of hearing loss may make it difficult to fully engage in life.

Fortunately, there are a variety of available technologies for those affected by age-related hearing loss.  Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of discreet styles to meet the demands of an active lifestyle.  Even if the problem is not serious enough to require the use of a hearing aid, there are other assistive listening devices that may benefit those with a mild hearing loss.  The best way to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss and what technologies are best suited to your lifestyle is to schedule an appointment with a qualified audiologist.  They will test your hearing, determine the type and degree of any hearing loss, and counsel you on your options.

While hearing instruments can significantly improve an affected individual’s ability to communicate, they will not restore hearing to normal.  They require a period of adjustment for the user to adapt to a new way of hearing.  During this adjustment period, it is essential to work closely with your hearing specialist to make necessary adjustments so the instrument will be comfortable and effective.  At the Center for Audiology Services we pride ourselves on the follow-up care and expert service that we give each and every customer.  All of hearing aids come with a thirty-day money back guarantee or exchange privilege.

Do you hear people speaking, but have difficulty understanding the words? Come to our clinic for a complimentary screening and consultation.  Our dedicated staff members are here to meet the hearing needs of your entire family.