The common myth that someone is just “too young” to have hearing loss treated with a hearing device is being debunked by Nola Aronson, a Santa Clarita audiologist from Advanced Audiology.
“That is such a myth,” she said. “Hearing loss can start at birth, so age cannot be related because it can occur at any time.”
The leading cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises, Aronson continued, noting that this can occur at any age and is an unfortunate issue commonly seen among military service members, firefighters, law enforcement, construction workers and gardeners.
“Any type of profession like that where you don’t wear hearing protection, the hair cells start to die, and they die in the place where there is the (consonant) sounds which give the meaning to a word,” Aronson explained.
The sounds associated with this can include “s,” “f,” “th,” “v,” “ch,” “m,” “n,” “k,” etc., and a hearing loss in this range can lead a person to think they’ve heard the word “cool” when another person is actually saying the word “pool,” causing confusion, according to Aronson.
Though it is often believed that hearing loss is only about volume — called the low pitch range of hearing –, Aronson explained that approximately 80 percent of language actually is in this high pitch range of hearing, which is centered around clarity instead of volume.
A person with high pitch range hearing loss might think other people are always mumbling, or that their hearing is fine, but they can’t understand others well.
“Because the hearing is normal in the low frequency range, you don’t notice that you are missing those letters until somebody starts pointing that out to you,” Aronson said.
A free hearing screening can be scheduled at Advanced Audiology, which not only identifies potential hearing loss, but can also create a baseline for the future, Aronson continued.
Those who turn to Advanced Audiology for solutions to hearing loss are also helping their community, because Aronson donates 10 percents of hearing device sale proceeds to Santa Clarita nonprofits.
To schedule an appointment for a free hearing screening, call Advanced Audiology today at 661-592-2718.
Advanced Audiology was founded in 2010 by Santa Clarita audiologist Nola Aronson, who has been fitting hearing aids for more than 30 years. Advanced Audiology is the largest diagnostic hearing center in the Santa Clarita Valley, focusing on clients with hearing loss, tinnitus, ears ringing and more. Hearing tests, hearing aids and new sound infrared devices are also available at Advanced Audiology in addition to a complete hearing healthcare program that includes free batteries, quarterly cleanings and adjustments.
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