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Free adult hearing screenings are offered from 8 a.m. to noon on the third Tuesday of the month at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. To schedule a screening, call (630) 856-7525.
Adults experiencing some hearing loss should not assume the cause is age-related. Certain, treatable health conditions may also diminish hearing abilities.
“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“Many people became withdrawn and stay home when they don’t hear well,” Kane said.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 testing offered includes 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. These in-depth tests require a doctor’s order.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.