In America, 15% (37.5 million) of adults, eighteen or older, report problems with hearing loss each year. Hearing loss makes it difficult to communicate with the sufferer, and prolonged hearing loss can lead to cognitive impairment and decline. Studies show that people who suffer from hearing loss are more likely to become isolated, which may lead to depression.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe noise level is 70 decibels. The louder the noise, the less time it takes to cause permanent hearing loss. A normal conversation is at 60 decibels, and your dishwasher is at 75. Everyday noises can slowly increase your chances of permanent hearing loss. Because hearing loss happens so gradually over a long period of time, some people don’t even realize that they have a hearing problem. So, it’s hard to know when to see a doctor.
Consider these facts from National Institution of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):
Here are 3 signs that it is time to go see an audiologist for hearing services.
If it is hard to pick out individual voices and words from a conversation, or you need to turn up the TV to a very high volume that is too loud for others to understand the words may be a sign of hearing loss.
If it is hard to understand someone’s words, especially in situations with a lot of background noise, this may be a sign of a hearing problem.
The individual may shy away from conversations. If it is hard to hear, some people might not make the effort to listen or try to make conversation.
Such as hearing tests or getting fitted for a hearing aid? Contact Primary Care Physicians of Florida. We have trained audiologists on site at all of our locations, and we can give you a hearing test and help you figure out the source of your problem.
At PCP of Florida, we have doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid on staff, as well as others who are on the list of Blue Cross Shield healthcare providers.
Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Humana, Cigna, UnitedHealthCare, Molina, and Guardian. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.
Set up a same-day doctor appointment by filling out our online contact form or calling 954-983-9191 to schedule a hearing test today. Remember that we provide free transportation to medical services near our office locations.