Hearing loss is not just frustrating to the patients but to family and friends that complain of increased television volume, missing what they say and having to repeat themselves, all of which can lead to social isolation. This is especially true in environments with competing noise. Many patients with hearing loss will benefit from hearing aids. At our hearing center we provide state of the art air hearing aids and audiologists with decades of experience in hearing aid programming to provide optimal performance. This is paramount as not all hearing aids are alike and must be matched to the individual patients hearing loss.
However, technologically advanced hearing aids may not be enough to keep a patient fully functioning in the hearing world, and from enjoying a normal life with friends and families. For these patients, there is hope, as we are able to provide the latest specialized devices, through both surgical and non-surgical options, which can restore lost hearing function in many cases.
Our centers goal is to be your hearing healthcare specialist and participate with you in the comprehensive care of your hearing loss. Hearing loss is not just frustrating to the patients but to family and friends that complain of increased television volume, missing what they say and having to repeat themselves, all of which can lead to social isolation. This is especially true in environments with competing noise. Many patients with hearing loss will benefit from hearing aids. However, technologically advanced hearing aids may not be enough to keep a patient functioning optimally in the hearing world, enjoying activities with friends and families, but may require specialized devices. These devices include bone conduction hearing systems, cochlear implants and the earlens. We are the only center in Southwest Florida that implants and programs these devices.
- Over 30% of people over the age of 65 have hearing loss; 26.7 million Americans have a clinically significant hearing loss and fewer than 15% use hearing aids.
- 20.1% of Baby Boomers have hearing loss
- 1.4 million Children have hearing loss
- Approximately 82% of people with hearing loss do not seek treatment
- Patients with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, worry, anxiety, social isolation, and other quality of life issues.
- The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly,or be significant and come on suddenly. We are the ready resource for sudden hearing loss diagnosis.
- The majority of patients with hearing loss list their primary care doctor as their most important source of information about where to go for hearing healthcare services.
- Only 13-15% of primary physicians screen for hearing loss. Only 8% of internal medicine specialists screen for hearing loss
- Physicians and allied health professionals should encourage patients suspected of having hearing loss to seek appropriate testing, diagnosis and treatment, e.g. the diabetic patient. This is especially true for patients over the age of 12 years, in high-risk categories: those exposed to both second-hand smoke and who have previously smoked or are an active smoker, those with hypertension, cardiovascular disease,and peripheral vascular disease.
- We offer state-of-the-art audiometric testing
- Efficacy—90% of patients with hearing loss who can be treated with hearing aids show improved symptoms, improved mental well-being, and quality of life when treated with this advanced, highly efficient technology.