As the medical field has come to understand the importance of better hearing, Hearing, Balance and Speech Center, celebrates this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month in May by promoting healthy hearing. During the month of May, we would like to raise awareness throughout the state, about hearing loss and emphasize the importance of hearing as a person’s most important commodity.
In recognition of May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, the Hearing, Balance and Speech Center will have set aside time to provide Complimentary Hearing Assessments* at all 6 of our locations; Branford, Bristol, Hamden, Norwalk, Wallingford and Waterbury. We invite the community to take advantage of our offer by calling 203-287-9915 to schedule an appointment. Clinic staff will provide screenings and be available to answer questions about hearing loss and other hearing-related issues.
Did you know we are participating in a give back program? Close to 500 hearing health centers in the United States are participating in the Campaign for Better Hearing. Dr. Leslie Soiles, Au.D, who serves as chief audiologist for The Campaign for Better Hearing in the United States, said each of the participating hearing health practices will be contributing $5.00 for every completed hearing assessment. The Give Back program is designed to raise awareness about consequences of untreated hearing loss and distribute free hearing aids to those in need.
Almost 50 million Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear. Although hearing loss affects large numbers of older Americans, it is also on the rise in young people. The World Health Organization recently stated that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound in noisy entertainment venues. Hearing loss is treatable through methods that include hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive technologies—under the care of an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Early detection and treatment is critical for both children and adults. In children, untreated hearing problems can lead to academic difficulties and social isolation. In adults, untreated hearing loss is associated with depression, anxiety, and other psychosocial disorders. Researchers have also found a strong link between degree of hearing loss and risk of developing dementia.**
Dr. Bauman, founder of Hearing, Balance and Speech Center, says, “Hearing opens our frontier to every aspect of life and allows for the most precious things – it links people to people and helps us establish relationships among our loved ones, friends, family and colleagues. Can you imagine what life would be like without our ability to hear the voices of our grandchildren, the whisper of our loved one or the inability to hear the beautiful sound of music?” “Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises; ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum; illness or certain medications; and deterioration due to normal aging process,” explains Dr. Bauman.
At the HBSC, our clinically experienced health-care professionals specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages—newborns, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and the elderly.
You may have a problem with your hearing and need to see a hearing care professional, if you have trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to you without looking at them, or have a constant ringing or pain in your ears.
The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by a hearing care professional. Although most hearing loss is permanent, a hearing care professional can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.
Please take advantage of our offer for a Complimentary Hearing Assessment* and help create awareness to recognize May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Plus, just by completing a free hearing assessment* you are taking part in the Give Back Program, as $5 will go toward helping someone access free hearing aids. You will also be seeing if you have hearing loss and spreading the word that your hearing matters. Our offices are conveniently located in Branford, Bristol, Hamden, Norwalk, Wallingford and Waterbury.
*The purpose of this hearing assessment and/or demonstration is for hearing wellness to determine if the patient(s) may benefit from using hearing aids. Products demonstrated may differ from products sold. Test conclusion may not be a medical diagnosis. The use of any hearing aid may not fully restore normal hearing and does not prevent future hearing loss. Testing is to evaluate your hearing wellness, which may include selling and fitting hearing aids. Hearing instruments may not meet the needs of all hearing-impaired individuals. One offer per customer. Offer not available to any consumer using an insurance benefit, a Managed Care, or Federal reimbursement (including third-party administered reimbursements). Offer cannot be combined with any of our promotional offers, coupons or discounts. Other terms may apply. See office for details. ** Oyler, AuD, CCC-A, Anne L. “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults-A Growing National Epidemic.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, Jan. 2012, www.asha.org/Articles/Untreated-Hearing-Loss-in-Adults/.