Healthcare is as diverse as we are.
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, fields of specialization to encompass the variety of the human experience. One person might need regular check-ups with their doctor due to rising blood pressure. Another might need to take occasional medication for seasonal allergies, but deigns to double-check with a nurse to ensure there’s nothing else to blame. Hearing health is yet another facet of human health that requires a specialized outlook to treat properly. With hearing issues on the rise, hearing aid buying groups will have their work cut out for them.
Here’s what you should know about hearing health and on-site consultation in the United States.
Exploring The Rise Of Tinnitus
An increasingly common health concern among both children and adults is tinnitus. A condition characterized by ringing in the ears without discernible cause, a 2008 study found this affects as many as 30 million people. A common misconception is that tinnitus is only caused by hearing loss — recent studies have found a significant number of people without notable hearing loss still struggling with ringing or cracking in the ears. Another form of tinnitus is known as ‘pulsatile tinnitus’, which is less ringing and more a throbbing, pounding sound influenced by bloodflow. This condition can be mild for some and severe for others.
Hearing Loss In American Adults
Many people today are dealing with some form of hearing loss. Recent statistics have determined as many as three out of 1,000 children will be born with a discernible form of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by several factors — some are genetic, while others are environmental. A person can lose their hearing completely by being exposed to a sound over 80 decibels loud, while another can lose their hearing incrementally by constantly attending extremely loud concerts without hearing protection. Hearing tests are recommended once a year for children and every few years for adults.
Defining Being Hard Of Hearing
Being hard of hearing and deaf are two different fields. Hearing aid buying groups need to be intimately aware of this difference if they’re to reach out to the right people. Hard of hearing individuals still have some degree of hearing, but are in need of additional accommodation to live their life comfortably. Hearing healthcare practice support can provide hard of hearing individuals regular hearing tests to gauge their development alongside hearing aids or cochlear implants. This is not one-size-fits-all technology, with some gaining several benefits from hearing aids and others finding them all but useless.
Difference Between Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
Another important definition hearing aid buying groups should know about is the difference between deaf and hard of hearing groups. While the latter has some degree of hearing, the former either cannot hear at all or the ability to hear is so minimal it’s easier to adopt the title of deafness. Alongside audiology buying groups more extensive access to sign language interpreters is being seen around the country. These professionals often specialize, with some working in educational fields and others being called to the field. Yet more will choose to work with children, while others will choose a few adult clients to see regularly.
Changes In Today’s Hearing Aids
Technology is always on the move. Hearing aid buying groups are well aware of the changes that will affect audiology even a few years down the line, taking what they can to help their patients as soon as possible. Hearing health care consultation needs to be both preventative and reactive — tinnitus is only becoming more common and it’s estimated 15% of American adults today need hearing accommodation. Sign language (specifically, American Sign Language) is being offered not just in colleges, but high schools and even some elementary schools. Little by little, we can all live in a more comfortable world.
Keep an ear to the ground. Stay up to date on audiology and make sure your hearing aid buying groups are never falling behind.