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Saline Audiology is a full service audiology practice owned and operated since 1997 by veteran doctors of Audiology, Lisa Richey and Credonna Miller.
With offices in Benton and Hot Springs Village, the clinics offer a wide range of services for infants through geriatrics. Evaluations and follow-up care are provided for all types of hearing problems, dizziness/vertigo, and state-of-the-art hearing aid fittings.
Keeping abreast of the latest technologies in amplification devices and latest research in the field, Saline Audiology provides each patient with the assurance of excellent expertise and knowledgeable guidance with patient commitment being a top priority.
810 N. East Street
Benton, Arkansas 72105
101 Este Way, Suite 2
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909
FACTS ABOUT HEARING LOSS
Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.
*More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.
*Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being—hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life!
*Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.
Signs you may have a hearing loss:
*Difficulty hearing people talk in noisy environments such as a restaurant, shopping mall, in a car, or at the movie theater.
*People seem to “mumble” all the time.
*Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking with you.
*You have trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room.
*You have trouble following conversations.
* You have ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears.
What causes hearing loss?
*Exposure to excessive loud noise.
* Ear infections, trauma, or ear disease.
*Damage to the inner ear and ear drum from contact with a foreign object (cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc.) .
*Illness or certain medications.
*Deteriorating hearing due to the normal aging process.
How to protect your hearing:
*Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for a long period of time. There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices. Contact your local audiologist for custom hearing protection devices.
*Turn down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through ear buds and headphones. (Visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com)
*Walk away from the noise.
*And, other than hearing protection, do not put anything in your ear!
For more information on audiology and hearing loss, visit www.HowsYourHearing.org.
Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss.
The numbers are similar — is there a link?
Yes, says the National Institute of Health (NIH). In fact, the NIH has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 79 million adults thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those with normal blood sugar.
How does diabetes contribute to hearing loss?
Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Researchers believe that, over time, high blood glucose levels can damage these vessels and nerves, diminishing the ability to hear.
I don’t think I have any problem with my hearing.
Are you sure? For most people, hearing loss happens over time. The symptoms can be hard to notice. Quite often, family members and friends notice hearing loss before the person experiencing it.
Your doctor may not always screen for hearing loss during a physical. Even if your doctor does check for hearing loss, you may still “pass” the screening test in a quiet exam room. Common signs of hearing loss include:
I’m not even 65 — how could my hearing be bad already?
Most people with hearing loss are younger than 65. Hearing problems can even happen in children.
What should I do if I suspect a hearing loss?
Talk to your primary care doctor. You may then want to seek help from hearing specialist like: an audiologist, a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a doctor who specializes in hearing problems. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss. You will also be told what can be done to treat it.
What can be done to treat a hearing loss?
Sometimes the problem is just an earwax build-up and the patient is referred to a doctor to remove the wax. Treatment will depend on the type of hearing loss. The most common type of hearing loss is called “sensorineural hearing loss.” This is the kind usually found with diabetes. It cannot usually be cured. However, most cases of sensorineural hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
How can I be sure that hearing aids will help?
Hearing aids have changed a lot in the past few years. Instead of making all sounds louder, like the old kind, newer hearing aids are better at making what you want to hear more clear. These hearing aids also have special features. They may have automatic volume control and can reduce background noise.
But I don’t want to be seen wearing hearing aids.
Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller. It is unlikely anyone will notice when you are wearing them. The truth is, people are more likely to notice your hearing loss. People who don’t treat their hearing problems can become depressed and try to avoid their friends. On the other hand, studies show that people who wear hearing aids often have a better quality of life.
The American Diabetes Association