Do I Need a Hearing Aid?

How do you know you need hearing aids?

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If you have trouble hearing people during normal conversations, if you find yourself turning your head sideways to possibly hear better, or if you cannot hear the TV clearly, it might be a good idea to test your hearing at one of our two hearing test centers located in Lumberton or Southport, NC.

At our Quality Hearing Care centers, we test patients to determine if they are suffering from hearing loss and the hearing tests will also help rule out other possible medical issues.

Our hearing screenings are free of charge.

The following are some reasons why patients may have hearing loss:

  • Workplace Noise
  • Long-Term Exposure to Loud Noises
  • Ear Buds
  • Diabetes Hearing Loss
  • Environmental Noise
  • Aging
  • Smoking

Did You Know?

A French study of over 3800 people over a 25-year period found a relationship between several conditions and age-related hearing loss;

Dementia

People who said that they had a hearing loss and did not use hearing aids had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia than people who had normal hearing or had a hearing loss and used hearing aids. The risk increased by 21% if you had a hearing loss and did not use hearing aids. If you used hearing aids, there was no higher risk compared to people reporting no hearing loss.

Disability

An untreated hearing loss also increased the risk of disability, according to the study. In the study among people with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids, there was an increased hazard risk of 28% in activities related to daily living such as e.g. bathing and dressing and a 13% increased hazard risk when it came to instrumental activities such as telephone use, managing medication and money, shopping and transportation. Persons who had a hearing loss and used hearing aids had no increased risk compared to those reporting no hearing loss.

Depression

Among men reporting hearing loss and not using hearing aids, the study found that there was a much higher risk (43%) of developing depressive symptoms than for people without hearing loss or people who used hearing aids, when having a hearing loss. The study found no increased risk of depression in women.

Older adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to require hospitalizations and suffer from periods of inactivity and depression, according to the results of a study from Johns Hopkins in the US. In general, the study found a link between hearing loss and poorer physical and mental health in older adults.

Social Isolation

In the study, those with untreated hearing loss were found to be 32% more likely to have been admitted to a hospital and 36% more likely to have stretches of illness or injury lasting more than 10 days. They were also 57% more likely to have deep episodes of stress, depression or bad moods lasting more than 10 days when compared to their normal-hearing peers.