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36 Million Americans Suffer Hearing Loss …May is Better Hearing Month

Dr. Li-Korotky

Dr. Li-Korotky wants you to know that hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with normal aging, more than half of all hearing-impaired individuals are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3s) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

Most Americans consider hearing loss a condition that is simply associated with aging, and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Pacific Northwest Audiology is acknowledging Better Hearing Month this May. As part of Better Hearing Month, Pacific Northwest Audiology in Bend OR encourages consumers to be more aware of their hearing health.

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 the normal aging process.

An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages…newborns, infants, babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and the elderly.

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, you may have a problem with your hearing. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.

Dr. Li-Korotky has specialized training in many areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Evaluating hearing loss for all age group
  • Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
  • Tinnitus management and evaluation
  • Designing and implementing hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs
  • Providing hearing rehabilitation training for hearing loss and tinnitus

Although most hearing loss is permanent, Dr. Li-Korotky can determine the best options to meet your hearing loss, lifestyle choices, and budget. These treatment may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.

In recognition of Better Hearing Month, we welcome you to book an appointment online, here, for a free comprehensive hearing exam and consultation.