About Our Hearing Centers
Our mission here at Audiology Associates of Georgia is to enhance the quality of life to our patients, their family and their friends by providing high quality hearing solutions that make it easier to stay connected. If you are thinking you may have a hearing loss, we hope the links above provide some useful information to help you understand hearing loss better. When you're ready, give us a call to schedule an appointment for a free hearing screening and consultation. We'll let you know if you have a hearing loss, if it’s treatable and what the next steps are.
Do you have a hearing loss?
Answer these questions to find out:
- Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
- Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
- Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
- Do you have trouble following a conversation with two or more people talking at the same time?
- Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
- Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background, like in restaurants?
- Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
- Do family members or coworkers complain that you keep missing what they said?
- Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, you are not alone. These symptoms apply to 32 million Americans and are clear indications of needing a hearing evaluation.
But let’s go a step further and talk about symptoms that are often so subtle, they go unnoticed. How many of these statements apply to you?
I only have difficulty hearing in crowds.
This indicates a possible high-frequency hearing loss. With this type of loss, you can hear well in one-on-one situations and even in small groups. But any type of distracting noise becomes louder than the voices you’re trying to hear.
I only have difficulty hearing female voices.
Again, this indicates a high-frequency hearing loss. A majority of speech (especially female and children's voices) lie in this range.
I hear well, but have a problem understanding.
Did you realize that different letters all have unique frequencies when spoken? For example, most consonant sounds are high in pitch. When certain frequencies are filtered due to hearing loss, speech can become indiscernible.
Hearing Loss Statistics
Hearing loss by the numbers. We’d like to share some of the most important statistics regarding hearing loss – many of which may surprise you.
- Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss which can significantly impact speech/language development and education. 1.3 million of them are under the age of three!
- More than a million school-aged children have a hearing loss that can affect their rate of learning.
- About one out of three U.S. adults 65 or older is affected by hearing loss.
- Only one out of four people that would benefit from a hearing aid wear one.
- Between 30 and 40% of people over 65 have hearing loss.
- 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day – ten million have suffered irreversible noise-induced hearing loss.
- Today’s youth are hearing more, but not better. Concerts, sporting events, headphones, and even movie theaters have left 15 out of every 1,000 people under the age of 18 with hearing loss.
- Hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns.
- Exposure to a noisy subway, for just 15 minutes a day, can cause permanent damage to hearing over time.
- People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
- Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.
One Hearing Aid or Two?
Do I really need two hearing aids?
If you have hearing loss in two ears, then you really should be wearing two devices. An optometrist never suggests wearing glasses or contact lenses for just one eye – and that is because your two eyes work together. The same goes for ears. When you have a hearing loss in both ears and aid both of them, you get a better understanding of speech, especially in group and noisy situations (like church, restaurants, etc.), better sound quality, better ability to tell direction of sounds (where a person is located when they are talking to you, or an approaching vehicle if you’re walking outdoors), wider hearing range, less whistling and feedback, and it also keeps both ears active so the hearing loss deteriorates less over time.