Did you know? It has been reported that 60 percent of Americans with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. A lot more people experience noise-induced hearing loss than from aging. Hearing loss cannot just be generalized to just senior citizens. An estimated 30 school children out per 1,000 have some form of hearing loss. Blount Hearing and Speech Services want to help you recognize seven signs of hearing loss at any age.
Understanding the different causes of hearing loss that can experience is important in order to make adjustments. Aged-related hearing loss typically begins with an inability to hear high-pitched noises. Often those who have age-related hearing loss can have difficulty hearing others speak, particularly women and children. One in three people over the age of 65 years will experience age-related hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused from constant exposure to loud noises, such as: music, gunfire, power tools, explosions, and night club music. People who work in loud work environments, such as: construction sites are at a high risk to experience noise-induced hearing loss.
Whether you experience age-related or noise-induced hearing loss there are several common signs of hearing loss.
- Difficulty understanding words, especially if there’s background noise.
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, loudly or to repeat statements.
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Adjusts the volume on the television or radio to higher settings
- Think that others sound muffled or they are mumbling
- Reading lips or become more focused on people’s faces when they speak
- Answers or responds inappropriately in conversations with others.
Some signs of hearing loss will appear very subtle and others will come about very suddenly. Either way, these common signs of hearing loss should be taken seriously.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, the staff at Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to help you. To learn more about how they can help with your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (865) 982-8557. Let’s get you back in the conversation of life.
How long have you been wearing your hearing aid? If it’s been weeks or even months, you need to bring it into Blount Hearing and Speech Services for cleaning, repair or to have your battery replaced. You have a superior hearing aid cleaning and repair shop right here in Knoxville, Tennessee! We’ll replace your batteries, and clean or repair your products to nearly new condition and all done cheerfully with prompt, professional service.
You can extend the value and life of your hearing aid by daily cleaning it yourself with a soft cloth, and by bringing it in to Blount Hearing and Speech for regular service. Proper cleaning and routine checks keep your hearing aid in good condition, ensuring quality performance.
Measure the malfunction of your hearing aid by these suggestions:
- Are you getting an increasing amount of static, whistling or feedback?
- Does the volume on your hearing aid fluctuate?
- Is the fit less than perfect?
- Have you noticed a crack or hole in your hearing aid?
- Has it been in contact with water?
- Has your hearing aid been dropped or stepped on?
You may not be getting peak performance from your hearing aid due to any one or a combination of these causes. Your hearing aid is an incredible piece of technology and is actually quite durable, but an inspection and general maintenance is a good idea after a few years of use even when you’re not experiencing problems.
Blount Hearing and Speech Services is dedicated to helping you hear better. Bring your hearing aid in today for an evaluation, cleaning or repair. Repairs are made right here in our Knoxville, TN repair lab for your convenience. For genuine care, advanced technology or an appointment with our audiologist, call 865-982-8557 today.
We all have a voice, right? What if you couldn’t voice your thoughts clearly? It would be horrible to never be able to express “I love you” verbally to that special someone. Did you know that 40 million Americans have some form of communication disorders? There are only about 5% of children who have noticeable speech disorders by the time they reach the 1st grade. That leaves the burning question of, how many of those children with speech disorders go unnoticed? Blount Hearing and Speech wants to help not only parents, but everyone recognize the signs of speech disorders to help your loved ones have their right to free speech.
Understanding what a speech disorder is will help you recognize the signs of the disorder. A speech disorder occurs when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently; or has a problem with their voice.
Recognizing the signs in children will differ from adults in determining if there is a speech disorder. With children the primary detection age for speech disorders is from birth to the age of 4.
- Doesn’t interact with other children (birth and older)
- Doesn’t smile (birth and older)
- Only makes gestures-like pointing or sounds (7 to 12 mos.)
- Not putting words together to make sentences (1.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Speech is unclear, even to familiar people (2 to 3 yrs.)
- Pauses a lot while speaking (2.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Stretches out the sounding of words — “s-s-s-sand-d” for “sand” (2.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Trouble saying sounds or words
- Repeats words or parts of words
- Struggles with the use and understanding of words
- Slurring of speech
- Uses words in the wrong order
- Mumbling of words, often with slow or rapid rate of speech
It’s important to keep in mind that recognizing these signs in children from birth to 4 years of age, will be challenging, because this is a time of early development. Not all the signs listed will attribute to a speech disorder and could be just a late development issue. Sometimes environment and physical problems could be the cause of the disorder.
If you or someone you love is showing signs of a speech disorder, the wonderful staff at Blount Hearing and Speech in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to help. For questions on how they can help with you or your child’s speech or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (865) 982-8557. Get your right to free speech back.
Hearing loss is a common problem that we can partially blame on aging. Heredity and gender are other top causes of hearing loss. Studies reveal that men are more than twice as likely to develop hearing loss as women. 28-million Americans suffer some type of hearing impairment, and 60% of them are men. Blount Hearing and Speech provides these tips to help determine and prevent hearing loss and is dedicated to helping clients regain the precious gift of hearing.
The majority of factors causing hearing loss in men come from noisy, predominately male occupations including construction work and factory labor. Loud noises are known to cause hearing loss – and the greater the lifetime exposure to loud noises, the worse the impairment.
If you suspect you suffer hearing loss, do the best thing for yourself and your loved ones – get the help you need by contacting Blount Hearing and Speech in Maryville, Tennessee. Your evaluation appointment with our audiologist will help determine the best treatment for your impairment. Get tested. Not addressing your hearing loss can negatively affect all other aspects of your life. So how do you know if you need to see an audiologist? Some simple ways to recognize hearing loss include if you
- Consistently need to ask others to repeat what they say to you
- Have difficulty hearing the TV or radio at normal volume levels
- Struggle to hear conversation at normal speaking levels
- Have trouble hearing clearly in restaurants or other places with background noise
- Have to strain to hear a conversation with someone on the telephone
- Feel that people tend to mutter rather than speak clearly
Protect the hearing that you do have by faithfully wearing ear protection when you’re around loud noise. Wear ear plugs or ear muffs on the job, when you mow the lawn, use power tools, work on or ride a motorcycle or snow mobile, go hunting or go to the range. It’s also wise to keep the volume moderate when you use headphones with your music system.
Hearing aids today are made to be virtually invisible and are so high-tech that the majority of hearing loss can be greatly improved with these devices. Stay in the game socially and professionally by addressing your hearing loss today.You’ll feel better about your job and your family and friend connections when you can hear all that’s going on around you. Don’t miss out on another conversation. Call Blount Hearing and Speech today at 865-982-8557 to schedule your comprehensive hearing evaluation. At Blount Hearing and Speech, we apply diligence and care to meeting your hearing needs. Contact us today and hear better right away.
Seldom is anything more frustrating than when something that should work right doesn’t. Are you frustrated because your hearing aids seem to stop working? Check the battery. Check the wax guard. And if you still have a problem, contact the experts at Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville.
Proper care and cleaning will keep your hearing aids working as they should. These tiny miracles have several parts that should be regularly cleaned and maintained. If you’re experiencing a problem, the first thing to do is check the battery. The simplest fix for a hearing aid issue is a new battery.
If your hearing aids are still not working properly after a battery replacement, check the wax guard. When the wax guard is clogged, it must be replaced for the hearing aid to work as it should. Another simple fix.
When you’ve changed out batteries and the wax guard, and your hearing aids still aren’t working as they should, call Blount Hearing and Speech Services for an appointment. There may be a blockage in your ear canal, or your hearing may have changed. You may need a new earmold. Whatever your hearing health challenge, the professionals at Blount Hearing and Speech Services will diagnose the problem to provide you with excellent hearing health care.
As a service to our community, the dedicated staff at Blount Hearing and Speech works with area nursing homes and assisted living facilities by providing in-house checks and cleanings of hearing aids. For those unable to get to us for an appointment, we come to you. For further information on this local service, call 865-982-8557.
Repairs to your hearing aids should only be undertaken by a professional hearing aid audiologist. For local hearing aid cleaning and repair, call Blount Hearing and Speech. We’ll answer your questions, schedule an appointment or come to your senior care facility. Call Blount Hearing and Speech Services today. Don’t miss out on the sweet sounds of life!
Every parent and grandparent has delighted in the cute way their toddlers mispronounce words. And when the words are finally correctly spoken, we know deep down that our little ones are growing up – way too fast for us, sometimes. But speech sound disorders are no longer sweet and cute past a certain age. They become a cause of concern.
With the typical two year old, understanding about half of what they say is normal. By the time a child is four, their speaking should be understandable by most people. When a child is seven, consistent, clear pronunciation of words is normal. By age eight, our children should be able to pronounce all the sounds of the English language correctly. If these milestones aren’t reached, the child may have a speech sound disorder. Some adults also endure speech sound disorders that have carried over from childhood, and others are due to suffering a stroke or head injury.
Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation, trouble making a particular sound and problems with phonological processes, or sound patterns. This diagnosis comes when language errors continue after the patient reaches certain age.
- Articulation Disorder is diagnosed when someone has problems making sounds. Sounds may be omitted, added on, distorted or substituted for another, resulting in others struggling to understand the person in conversation.
- Phonological Disorder involves patterns of sound inaccuracies.
The causes may not always be attributed to speech sound errors. The adult simply may not have learned how to produce a certain sound correctly as a child. Sometimes physical problems are at the root of the disorder. One thing is certain: local dialects and area accents are not speech sound errors.
If you or someone you love suffers with speech sound disorder or any disorder associated with hearing loss, the staff at Blount Hearing and Speech in Maryville, Tennessee provides speech treatment to improve articulation of individual sounds and eliminate errors in speech patterns, and we work with you to correct hearing loss. We are dedicated to providing excellence in speech and hearing health care. If you have questions concerning you or your child’s hearing and speech patterns, call us today at 865-982-8557 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Speech sound disorders are more than tongue twisters, and we are here to help.
Hearing aids help those who help themselves by wearing them. Did you know that four out of the five people who could be helped by a hearing aid don’t use one? Maybe we don’t actually understand how hearing aids could help us hear the glorious sounds of life that we may be missing.
A hearing aid is a small, electronic device worn in or behind the ear. Sounds are made louder so that the hearing impaired can listen, communicate and be a full participant in life’s activities. These tiny technical transformers can help people hear more of life when they interact in both quiet and noisy settings.
There are three basic parts to a hearing aid:
The Microphone receives sound and converts the sound waves to electrical signals, sending them to the Amplifier, which increases the power of the signal, and sends it to the ear through the Speaker.
There are three basic types of hearing aid:
- Behind the ear – used by people of all ages; best serves those with mild to profound hearing loss; the electronics are contained in a case behind the ear.
- In the ear – benefits those with mild to severe hearing loss; completely fits inside the inner ear.
- In the canal – for mild to moderately severe hearing loss; fits the size and shape of the individual’s ear canal; is almost completely hidden.
Hearing aids best serve those who suffer hearing loss due to damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear. This comes as the result of disease, aging, injury from noise or as a side effect of certain medications. The more severe the damage to the sensory cells, the greater the hearing loss that occurs. Hearing loss in both ears is best compensated for by wearing a device in each ear.
Selecting the best hearing aid for you includes choosing one that is easy to use, so that you’ll use it regularly. Regular use allows you to adjust to the device and become comfortable with it. Practice placing and removing the hearing aid, cleaning it, changing the batteries and adjusting the volume until you’re a pro at handling it.
If you believe you may have hearing loss and could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, call Blount Hearing and Speech at 865-982-8557 in Maryville, Tennessee for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our audiologists and staff are experts with the latest diagnostic equipment and technology. A comprehensive hearing evaluation allows us to provide each patient with an individual solution to hearing loss. And patient satisfaction comes first at Blount Hearing and Speech. Don’t miss out on the sounds of life. Call us today.
Children learn speech and language by listening to the conversations carried on around them. It is during the first few years of a child’s life that the ability to learn from hearing is especially crucial. If hearing loss exists, the child doesn’t receive the full benefit of her or his language-learning opportunities.
With the ability to hear being so vital to learning to speak, it may surprise you to know that hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects, affecting three of every one thousand babies. Genetic issues account for over half the hearing loss at birth, and another 25% is the result of such causes as maternal infections or exposure to medications before birth. Inner ear formation issues and complications after birth are also prevalent to infant hearing loss.
Failure to startle at a loud noise is a sign of a newborn suffering hearing loss. An older infant may not respond to familiar voices, or show no response when spoken to. When a toddler is not talking by the time he or she should be, hearing loss may be the cause.
Inherited genetic issues resulting in hearing loss may occur throughout the lifespan. If hearing impairment affects more than one member of a family, it is considered a familial ailment. One or both ears may be affected, and the loss of hearing may be mild, moderate, severe or result in total deafness. The problem may remain stable throughout the lifetime, or deteriorate with age.
As harsh as these statistics and facts sound, there is great hope for children who suffer hearing loss. If you suspect that your child endures hearing loss or if hearing loss runs in your family, contact Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville, Tennessee. Our audiologists and staff are dedicated to providing excellence in hearing health care. Don’t wait until your child starts school to have a hearing evaluation. Call Blount Hearing at 865-982-8557 for an appointment today.
Blount Hearing and Speech provides newborn hearing screenings and hearing evaluations for infants and children as well as adults. With the latest in diagnostic equipment and technology, we are determined to discover through diligence and compassion the reason for hearing loss. For sound recovery and the reality of overcoming hearing loss, call Blount Hearing for your appointment today.