Better Hearing and Speech Month

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), disabling hearing loss affects 466 million people worldwide.
According to the Veteran Affairs research, Hearing Loss is the leading war injury current war veterans face.
Three in Five people have a close family member with moderate to profound hearing loss.
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For patients with severe to profound hearing loss, treating hearing loss may reduce social isolation. In addition, studies have shown that people with cochlear implants see improvements in overall health and may improve verbal and memory functions.
Hearing Loss affects more than your ears.
In a recent clinical study, 95% of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their hearing performance when using their cochlear implant and a hearing aid in the opposite ear.
Please join our Coffee and Conversation episode with Dr. Schott-Miller and Ted. Ted has a Cochlear Implant and shares his hearing journey.
According to the CDC, hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition impacting people in the United States, and hearing loss is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer.
Is a Hearing Test part of your annual physical?
Untreated hearing loss affects the brain’s ability to remember everyday sounds. When the hearing nerves lose their function and no longer channel sound signals to the brain, the brain can temporarily lose the connection to those sounds until treatment.
A hearing test is an easy step in the direction for better hearing, better health and better connection.
Complete Hearing offers a free ONLINE screening to get you started.
Tinnitus is a constant ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in one or both ears. The American Tinnitus Association reports as many as 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, with 90% of that population having some level of noise-induced hearing loss.
At Complete Hearing we offer a wide array of Hearing Protection Products. From workplace to concerts, hunting and motor sports, custom earbuds and even earplugs for sleeping. Noise exposure is preventable.
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) established guidelines suggesting that a hearing screening be completed by 1 month of age, an audiologic diagnostic evaluation be completed by 3 months, and, if needed, enrollment in early intervention be completed by 6 months. Over 96% of infants completed the inpatient/outpatient screening within one month of age. 
One in four Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, yet hearing health remains under prioritized – especially when compared with other health conditions. Those who struggle with hearing loss report missing out on social interactions, conversations, talking on the phone, and hearing the voices of loved ones.
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Only 25% of consumers get their hearing checked annually. This is less than half the amount as other important health metrics.
Knowing your hearing number allows professionals to better monitor, diagnose and treat your hearing. It’s also an important first step to maintain your independence and your quality of life.
When, being there and being present, mean the same thing.
1 in 10 people with untreated hearing loss suffers from depression.
Stay connected.
Your health, Your Hearing is important.
The World Health Organization has warned that globally, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss “due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars, and sporting events.” 
The most important thing about being in the human race is participating.
Those with untreated hearing loss had an estimated 50 percent greater risk of dementia, 40 percent greater risk of depression, and almost 30 percent higher risk for falls compared to those without hearing loss.
Hearing Happens in the Brain
When we hear, sound waves travel from the outer ear, through the middle ear, and into the inner ear where the vibrations stimulate thousands of tiny hair cells. The tiny hair cells in the inner ear send electrical signals to the auditory nerve which is connected to the auditory center of the brain. The brain translates the impulses into sounds that we know and understand. The brain also discriminates relevant sounds from background noise and turns up the volume of our own speech. In fact, our brain filters out unwanted noise so that we can focus on what we are listening to.
Myth: I don’t need hearing aids. My hearing is mostly fine.
When you have a hearing loss in some frequencies and not others, it is easier to dismiss it as unimportant. However, even a mild hearing loss can adversely affect your cognitive capabilities, work, home, and social life. Fortunately, the brain’s neuroplasticity means that treating hearing loss allows the brain to relearn how to hear. Proper hearing aid use correlates with an improved outlook, mood, mobility, independence, communication, and social interaction.
Complete Hearing offers Cognitive Screening along with Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing to find the best options for your health and lifestyle.
On average, people wait 5 to 7 years before seeking help for their hearing loss. Five to seven years is a very long time to have to struggle with your hearing.  There are many reasons why people live with hearing loss. Fewer than 16 percent of family doctors test for hearing loss. Hearing loss is so gradual that it’s hard to notice. Hearing loss frequently occurs for higher-pitched sounds, which means some lower-pitched sounds and voices may be heard normally, creating the perception of normal hearing. Many people assume hearing loss is age-related and it’s either something to be accepted or something to be ashamed of. Annual hearing testing may help those with hearing loss gain a quicker diagnosis, treatment, and benefit from hearing aids that come in a number of different colors and styles.
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the prolonged use of headphones and earbuds has led to a major increase in the prevalence of hearing loss in adolescence and young adults. Having a sound projected directly into your ear canal can increase a sound’s volume by 6 to 9 decibels — enough to cause some serious problems. Not only can the inner ear be damaged by the loudness of noise, but it can also be damaged by the length of exposure. If the ear is not given enough time to recover between episodes of noise exposure, permanent damage can occur.
Here’s a little-known fact: specific medications can harm the ear, causing hearing loss, ringing in the ear, or balance problems. These medications are considered ototoxic. In fact, there are more than 200 identified ototoxic medications.
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We have a free hearing check available online.

While this test is helpful, an online hearing check is no substitute for a comprehensive hearing evaluation.
We have 5 Doctors of Audiology.
Our Doctors of Audiology understand holistic health. Our Communication Needs Assessment evaluates you as an entire person, not just your ears.

Of the 48 million individuals who have hearing loss in the US, it’s common to presume that the vast majority are old. That is not the truth. For those troubled with hearing loss in the US, approximately 62 percent are younger than 65.

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Did you know? Earbuds deliver sound directly into the ear canal without any sound buffering in between. Remember the 60/60 rule: no more than 60 minutes of listening to music through earbuds at no higher than 60% of maximum volume. Be proactive. Check your hearing wellness every year.

Hear well. Stay vital.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, 8 out of 10 people report that hearing aids improved their quality of life.
Stay engaged and do what you love. Check your hearing wellness annually.

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Maintaining hearing health helps keep us vital so we can enjoy the things we love most. Check your hearing wellness every year.
Our doctors of Audiology are “Hear to Help.”

Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly or needing to turn up the volume of the television or music is a symptom of hearing loss. Hearing loss is linked to isolation and a greater risk of dementia, depression and falls.

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One of the most common and yet completely preventable causes of permanent sensorineural hearing loss is exposure to sound levels that are excessively loud. High noise levels first cause temporary and then permanent damage to the sensory hair cells within the cochlea. Noise produced by vehicles, stereos, power tools, lawn equipment, hair dryers, and more. When mowing the lawn or using noisy tools or appliances, use hearing protection and insist that your child playing nearby does the same. Such habits will save both your hearing and that of your child.

Can earwax be a good thing? Yes! It helps your body eliminate dead skin cells and dirt. It also keeps the acidity of your ear canal balanced.

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Today would be our final fact for May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month. Today also is Memorial Day, so let us take a moment and pause to honor and remember the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Recent studies are showing that more than 1 in 10 COVID-19 adults report a change in their hearing status when questioned eight weeks after discharge from the hospital.

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Digital and wireless technology have brought hearing aid users better sound quality, feedback (whistle) control, highest rating moisture protection, Bluetooth technology, and more power in smaller devices. In addition, today’s hearing aids are small, smart, and simple to use