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  • Writer's pictureDr. Shannon Parker

Four Year Anniversary on World Hearing Day

March 3rd, 2021 is an important day for Compass Hearing Center and for people living with the effects of hearing loss. The Word Health Organization has designated March 3rd as World Hearing Day, and it also marks the 4-year anniversary of the Ribbon Cutting and Open House of Compass Hearing Center in Denver City, Texas!

World Hearing Day was established to raise awareness of the prevalence and successful treatment of hearing loss. According to the WHO 446 million people across the world have hearing loss with 34 million of them being children.

“Hearing loss doesn’t only affect your communication.”, says Dr. Shannon Parker, Au.D. “If not treated it can lead to poor academic performance in children and difficulty with development of speech and language. In older adults, there is an elevated risk of social isolation, depression, falls, and cognitive decline if hearing loss is left untreated.”

Overall, hearing loss is largely untreated. Only one in five people who could benefit from hearing aids use them. Additionally, the average adult waits seven years before pursuing hearing help. 2020 introduced an additional challenge in the day to day lives of people with hearing loss. With the addition of wearing a mask daily in public, many patients recognized a new hearing loss or realized they were using lip reading or speech cues for communication. Now it is more important than ever to make sure you have access to clear consistent communication, since the visual component of speech has been taken away by the mask.

Here are a few warning signs for hearing loss complied by the American Academy of Audiology:

  • Difficulty understanding people or asking people to repeat themselves

  • “Everyone else is mumbling”

  • Difficulty understanding people on the phone

  • Requiring the volume of the TV or radio to be increased (or others complaining the volume is too loud)

  • Inability to hear the doorbell, dog barking, phone ringing, other household sounds

  • People telling you that you speak too loudly

  • Ringing or buzzing in your ears

If any of the above indicators apply to you or a family member please call Dr. Parker at Compass Hearing Center to schedule a hearing consultation at (806) 592-7030. Most insurances cover one hearing evaluation per year. Additionally, all our patients will receive a sweet treat during the first week of March to celebrate our 4th Anniversary and World Hearing Day! A big thank you to our friends at Let's Celebrate Bakery for making the special cookies pictured above.

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