Is it Time for a Hearing Test?

First of all, it’s never a bad idea to get your hearing checked even if you don’t think you’re having any problems hearing.  A baseline assessment of your hearing can always be used as a comparison years from now when you think you might be having a problem.  If you finding yourself answering yes to the following questions, then it’s time to get your hearing checked.

Do others complain the TV is too loud?
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
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Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?

Case History

We’ll begin by taking a detailed history. We’ll ask a series of questions about your medical, work and personal life as it relates to your ears and your hearing.

Physical Examination

The next step is an examination of your ears.  We’ll thoroughly examine your ears for any physical condition that might indicate a need for a medical referral.

Pure Tone Audiometry

Wearing headphones, your hearing levels are measured using tones and words.  Providing us with sensitivity levels and discrimination ability.

Speech Recognition

A series of words will be presented at varying intensity (loudness) level to assess how well an individual is able to process speech information.

Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Hearing loss and Depression

Research shows that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages, but is most pronounced in 18 to 69 year olds. Research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.

Hearing loss and Dementia

Research not only shows a connection between hearing loss and dementia, but a Johns Hopkins study of older adults found that hearing loss actually accelerates brain function decline. Some experts believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Research is ongoing.

Hearing Loss and Diabetes

Studies show that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. When broken down by age, one study showed that those 60 and younger are at greater risk.

Hearing is a primary means of communication whether you are the one providing information or the one seeking an answer to a question. Human beings are wired to experience distress when our ability to communicate is problematic. While the term quality of life may be difficult to define, interference with the ability to understand and to be understood is bound to have a profound impact on the quality of life of anyone who experiences that kind of a breakdown for an extended period of time.

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Office Address

740 E Sioux Ave #102
Pierre, SD 57501

Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM

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