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Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss? | Hearing Health Awareness Month

by | Aug 1, 2020 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

During Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team is spreading the word about why it’s so important to see a doctor of audiology if you have a concern.

This is particularly crucial now as hearing loss is on the rise.

The World Health Organization recently showed that 1.1 billion people ages 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss due to their recreational activities.

Coupled with that, John Hopkins University has found that, on average, it takes ten years before someone consults with an audiology professional about a worry.

The longer someone waits, the more their hearing loss is likely to worsen. These are some of the reasons why you or a loved one might not be taking action now.

“I don’t want to look older”

One of the main reasons why younger people avoid treatment is that they’re concerned about how others will behave towards them after diagnosis.

This often links back to historical perceptions about people with a hearing loss.

Many can remember the bulky devices that their grandparents wore, which didn’t function well and made them stand out.

Today, thankfully, both treatments and public assumptions have changed a great deal.

Many are now realizing that, just like their eyesight, hearing loss is something they’ll have to manage throughout their lifetime.

In addition, devices are compact and discrete, and come with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, letting you stream calls and music straight from your smartphone.

It’s important to reduce the stigma of hearing loss as over forty million Americans have some form of the condition.

If you know someone who’s struggling, a brief chat about how normal hearing loss is could make all the difference.

“I’m worried about the investment”

Another key concern that prevents many from seeking treatment is the level of investment that might be needed.

But the value of advanced hearing treatment has to be put into perspective.

When someone decides to preserve their hearing, with the help of a specialist, they’ll also be protecting themselves against a range of associated health risks.

That’s because hearing is one of the crucial senses that allow our brains to function correctly.

Researchers have shown that cognitive decline, and even dementia, can arise from untreated conditions.

In addition, hearing loss can lead to a range of social issues. Many find that without treatment, they can’t participate in basic everyday activities with others.

The team at Audiology Associates can prescribe technology with life-changing capabilities across a range of investment levels.

This means that you can enjoy a quality of life that you deserve for years and years to come.

Are you concerned about hearing loss or know someone else who is? Contact Audiology Associates, and they’ll help you now!

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Briana Bruno Holtan, Au.D. , F.A.A.A.

Dr. Bruno Holtan is the co-owner of Audiology Associates, Inc. and received her Master’s degree (M.S.) in Audiology from Towson State University and Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She hails from Norfolk, Virginia. She grew fond of the Baltimore area due in large part to the late Dr. Craig Johnson, an advocate for autonomy in audiology, when she joined the Audiology Associates, Inc. team in 1997 and was mentored by Dr. Johnson throughout her early career. She has extensive knowledge of and experience in the evaluation and fitting of advanced state-of-the-art hearing aid technologies. Dr. Bruno Holtan uniquely combines this knowledge and experience with the ability to understand patient needs and concerns. She feels that understanding each patient’s life experiences and lifestyle is not only important but is also critical to improving their hearing needs. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Bruno Holtan has served as the Treasurer and President of the Maryland Academy of Audiology. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of audiologists and consumers on both the state and federal legislative fronts. She is co-author of “Institutionalizing Patient’s Freedom of Choice”, a published article in “Audiology Today.” Dr. Bruno Holtan is married. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Golden Retriever, and immediate and extended families. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and fishing.

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