Adults experiencing some hearing loss should not assume the cause is age-related. Certain, treatable health conditions may also diminish hearing abilities. Free adult hearing screenings are offered at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital on the second Monday of the month and at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital the third Tuesday of the month.
“Hearing loss can be due to aging, but it can also be caused by an infection, noise trauma or a problem with the bones in the middle ear,” said audiologist Bridget Kane.
Symptoms that suggest the need for a hearing test include difficulty in understanding conversation especially when background noise is present, a need to switch the telephone to the opposite ear to hear, taking an immune suppression drug and family history.
Individuals may also require periodic hearing tests if they work in a loud-noise area on a daily basis or turn the television set louder than other family members require. Adults over the age of 60 should be tested annually.
“Many people became withdrawn and stay home when they don’t hear well,” Kane said. “We want to do what we can to overcome the hearing loss, whether someone needs medical attention or a hearing aid.”
Additional adult audiology offers include balance assessments, hearing assessments, oto acoustic emissions and hearing aid assessments. Also available are neurologic evaluations of the hearing and balance nerves via auditory brainstem response tests, vestibular evoked myogenic potential tests, electronystagmorgraphy.
Kane will join fellow audiologist Ken Saiki in presenting “Hear Life Again,” a discussion and demonstration of the latest state-of-the-art hearing aid technology, at 10 a.m. May 7 at the Dixon Education Center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. The class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com/almh and click on “MD Connect.”
To schedule an adult hearing screening at either Adventist Hinsdale Hospital or Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, call (630) 856-7070.