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Better Hearing Can Improve Quality of Life

February 21, 2011

WHEELING - Getting the proper care for hearing loss can improve quality of life for the person suffering with the condition as well as their loved ones, according to clinical audiologist Linda Davison.

Davison Audiology is an affiliate of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. Linda Davison said hearing loss can create uncertainty and impact emotions, and treatment is something people often put off.

"On average, people tend to wait five to seven years between first experiencing hearing loss and actually getting help for it," she said. "Early intervention is important."

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Audiologist Linda Davison checks a patient’s hearing at her office.

Davison noted people who get hearing aids experience less confusion and disorientation, are better able to concentrate, have better memory skills, have greater awareness of their personal safety and feel they have more control of their lives. And since technology is always changing, a variety of hearing aids are available to meet various needs.

Davison stressed that people should see a licensed, certified audiologist to help determine which hearing aid would best suit them. She noted that not all representatives who sell hearing aids are audiologists.

One device Davison recommends is Starkey Labs' new Wi Series hearing aid, which is designed to deliver more clarity in noisy environments, and allows users to hear appliance such as TVs and radios directly through their hearing aid, working similar to headphones. She also suggests that wearers consider getting two hearing aids rather than just one, as their hearing loss may be different in each ear.

For more information, call Davison Audiology at 304-234-8888, 740-633-4444 or 740-695-1058.

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