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October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Oct. 14, 2013 College News - Hearing loss is an increasing and preventable health issue, and doctors are encouraging people of all ages to get checked. More than half of the 36 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss are under the age of 65.

In response to the growing number of Americans who suffer from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology and the audiologists at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have launched National Audiology Awareness Month in October. By taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss, you can protect your hearing.

  • Have you stopped going to restaurants and social gatherings?
     
  • Do you keep to yourself when in noisy environments?
     
  • Do you find it difficult to hear people unless they are facing you?

If you answered yes, you may have a hearing problem. 

Some telling signs of hearing loss are:

  • Trouble hearing conversations in a noisy environment such as restaurants
     
  • Difficulty or inability to hear people talking to you without looking at them
     
  • A constant pain or ringing in your ears

If you think you may have a hearing loss, the first step is to see an audiologist to evaluate your hearing.

What is an Audiologist? An audiologist is a licensed and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. The audiologists at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hold Doctorate degrees in audiology and are trained and experienced in a variety of audiologic disorders. A hearing evaluation will determine the degree of hearing loss you have and what can be done. Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best hearing loss treatment service.

You can contact the audiologists at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Koss Hearing and Balance Center at 805-5587 or audiology@mcw.edu.

Make your appointment with an audiologist this October during National Audiology Awareness Month!!

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