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Listen Up! It May Be Time for a Hearing Evaluation

June 15, 2011

Having trouble hearing but think it’s not bad enough to get hearing aids? Think again. Your quality of life may improve if you are better able to hear what your family, friends and even your radio or TV is saying.

Hearing loss isolates you from family and loved ones. It can occur gradually over time and you may not even be aware of the problem. Family members often notice the following signs of deteriorating hearing:
• You frequently ask others to repeat themselves.
• You’re missing the punch line of the joke.
• The TV is on too loud.
• You find conversation difficult to understand.
If these situations are familiar, it may be time for a hearing evaluation at Bozeman Deaconess Audiology.

More than 10 million Americans over the age of 64 have significant hearing loss; and 21 percent of people aged 48-59 experience some hearing loss.

According to the Audiology Awareness Campaign, hearing aid users are more likely to have better relationships with their families, greater independence and improved social life. On the other hand, non-hearing aid users (with hearing loss) are more likely to report less social activity, more episodes of sadness and depression, feeling tense, irritable or anxious.

Bozeman Deaconess Audiology (formerly Big Sky Ear, Nose and Throat Hearing Services) offers advanced technologies and digital products for the hearing impaired and for those who would like to protect their hearing. By performing a proper assessment of your hearing loss and your lifestyle needs, the certified audiologists are able to prescribe the most appropriate hearing instrument to provide solutions to enhance your communication opportunities.

Certified audiologist Trang Rogers, AuD, and Shey Mayland, M.S., provide state-of-the-art diagnostic hearing screening and an extensive selection of hearing aids. Dr. Rogers, who has practiced audiology since 1994, received a master’s in Audiology at Illinois State University and a doctorate of audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is licensed by the State of Montana Board of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers.

In addition to helping you find a hearing aid that best fits your needs, Bozeman Deaconess Audiology offers convenient follow up appointments to assess hearing programs and hearing aid functions. For more information call Bozeman Deaconess Audiology at 587-5000.
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