HearingPlanet Offers Tips for Identifying Hearing Loss Signs

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in observation of the occasion, HearingPlanet is encouraging everyone to learn the signs of speech disorders and hearing loss, which are often preventable.

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May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for everyone to learn how to recognize the early signs of hearing and speech disorders and hearing loss, which are among the most common disabilities in the United States. Unlike many other disabilities, these disorders often are reversible and even preventable with early intervention.

HearingPlanet, a leading national retailer of hearing aids, and the first to provide a hearing aid comparison tool, is encouraging adults to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders—a major barrier to treatment for the more than 40 million total Americans who suffer.

In children, parents should watch for the following signs of hearing loss:

  •     Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year)
  •     Does not respond when you call his/her name (7 months-1 year)
  •     Does not follow simple directions (1-2 years)
  •     Shows delays in speech and language development (birth-3 years)
  •     Pulls or scratches at his/her ears
  •     Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
  •     Socially isolated and unhappy in school
  •     Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

In adults, signs of hearing loss include:

  •     Inattentiveness
  •     Buzzing or ringing in their ears
  •     Failure to respond to spoken words
  •     Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)
  •     Muffled hearing
  •     Constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds
  •     Avoids conversation
  •     Social isolation
  •     Depression

For more information on the early signs of common language disorders in children and adults, visit http://identifythesigns.org/the-signs/.

To schedule a consultation at one of HearingPlanet’s 1,600 hearing care clinics nationwide, call 1-800-432-7669 or visit http://www.hearingplanet.com/hearing-clinics.

About HearingPlanet
HearingPlanet simplifies hearing care by providing easy access to credentialed and endorsed local hearing clinics for superior service, the widest selection of competitively priced hearing aids, and a trained Hearing Consultant to guide patients toward the right solution. HearingPlanet provides hearing solutions from leading manufacturers including Phonak, Unitron, Siemens, Widex and others. Based in Brentwood, TN, HearingPlanet has been helping patients seek solutions to their hearing care challenges since 1999 and is affiliated with more than 1,600 hearing care clinics nationwide.

HearingPlanet, can be reached at 1-844-540-5595 for a free consultation or visit http://www.hearingplanet.com.

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