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Date: Apr 9, 2014

photo of woman cupping her earPaul Efros, M.A., CCC-A
Audiologist, Baltimore County Department of Health

Free Hearing Screenings Offered by the Department of Health

Many of us take our hearing for granted, but hearing loss is one of the most preventable and treatable health issues in our nation. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, approximately 28 million Americans have hearing loss and this number has doubled in the past 30 years.

Many Americans with hearing loss tend to be older adults.  But loss of hearing doesn’t need to be an accepted part of getting older. Help is available!  In observance of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Baltimore County Department of Health’s Audiology Services will offer free hearings checks at three county locations (by appointment only) during the month of May.

How do you know if you or a loved one is losing their hearing? Some signs include:

·         Frequently asking others to repeat themselves

·         Pain or ringing in the ears

·         Difficulty hearing conversations, and

·         Keeping the TV or radio volume so loud, others ask you to lower it.

Loss of hearing isn’t just inconvenient; it’s detrimental to a happy, healthy life.  Hearing loss is often accompanied by symptoms such as: irritability, fatigue, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, reduced alertness and increased risk of personal safety, and reduced job performance.

So, do yourself a favor, schedule your free hearing screening today!


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