Hearing loss is a far more common health issue than most people realize. A diagnostic hearing evaluation by an audiologist can determine whether or not there’s need for intervention. “Some people have their hearing evaluated because their spouse or employer insisted on it,” said Dr. Lisa Fell, audiologist and co-owner of Audiology Experts in Arlington. “Others prolong the need for evaluation and endure daily life feeling that everyone mumbles or that family and social gatherings aren’t enjoyable anymore.”
Many people never make the connection between these feelings and hearing loss. “But loss of hearing is not just a condition of aging or for those that enjoyed too much loud music in the 60s,” said Dr. Fell’s partner, Dr. Kristin Robbins. “It occurs much younger than the general public tends to realize.”
“Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact daily communication and cognitive function and can lead to isolation and depression,” Dr. Fell said. It’s for that reason that she and Dr. Robbins devote themselves to providing thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate management of hearing loss for their patients.
As doctors of audiology, Drs. Fell and Robbins offer immediate solutions for better and easier communication after the hearing has been evaluated. If the results indicate that hearing loss may be caused by a medical problem, they refer the patient for medical intervention. “But for a majority of the patients we see, hearing loss is not something medicine or surgery can improve,” Dr. Fell said.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Robbins and Fell have witnessed hundreds of success stories. Unfortunately, not everyone seeks or finds help for their hearing loss. “The reason may be affordability, false information, or too much confusion in advertising,” Dr. Robbins said. “That’s why patient education is such an important part of our job. We take the time to listen to the patient and explain to them and their loved one, their unique diagnosis, and how it can best be helped.”
“There’s no cookie-cutter recipe, when it comes to hearing loss,” said Dr. Fell. “Each person needs something different. It’s our job to evaluate their condition and make the appropriate recommendations for delivering the best success and happiest hearing aid wearers.”
In our modern world, there’s increased opportunity for ear-damaging elements such as medication, loud music through earbuds, environmental noise, and disease. To prevent hearing loss, Drs. Fell and Robbins recommend protection from exposure to loud noise, for extended periods of time. “And if hearing loss is suspected, get tested,” Dr. Robbins said. “If hearing instruments are recommended, then just do it.”
“Don’t take for granted the position you have in your life and with the people around you,” Dr. Fell said. “Untreated hearing loss can really strain relationships, hinder your confidence in being your best, and make day-to-day living more stressful than it has to be.” Visit AudiologyExperts.com to find out more.
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