Currently Serving Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado
(Main office located in Tribune, KS with a specialty clinic offered in Lakin, KS and an outreach clinic in Scott City, KS)
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are approximately 28 million Americans with a hearing impairment. There are approximately 360 million people in the world with a disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization. Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. One in three individuals over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, and approximately 32 million children world-wide have hearing loss. Hearing loss is more prevalent today due to the effects of noise, medications, aging, disease, and genetics. Hearing is a complex sense that is not only made up of your outer ear--but also your middle ear, inner ear, nerves, and parts of your brain. Determining your hearing abilities as well as your ability to understand speech gives a hearing professional (like an audiologist) a better understanding of possible intervention options. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved as it is generally slow in progression. Children seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults tend to lose their hearing over time and do not realize the difficulty they are having.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have difficulties hearing, please contact us to schedule a hearing test today. Early intervention is key for speech and language development in children, and hearing loss can leave some people feeling isolated. Recent studies have showed positive correlations between hearing loss and dementia. Questions? Call us today!