Hearing loss is a public health problem that needs attention. As hearing health professionals, we want to help educate the public about the unwanted effects of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, cognitive decline and falling. The public needs to know that a mild hearing loss is not a mild problem. People who leave a mild hearing loss untreated double their risk of getting dementia, and a moderate hearing loss triples that risk.
The best way to address this public health problem is by raising awareness. Screening tools such as: hearing screening apps, online “hearing tests”, and hearing health questionnaires can help to highlight an issue. The next step is to get a diagnostic hearing assessment conducted by a doctor of audiology. This test takes about 30-45 minutes, and it will determine the degree and type of hearing loss. It will also determine if further testing is needed, or if a medical referral should be considered.
At Chicago Hearing Care we want to spread this message and help more patients achieve better hearing. How do we do it?
We conduct hearing seminars in libraries, schools, churches, etc. Hearing seminars are FREE. They include a presentation about hearing health by an audiologist, hearing health questionnaires for all participants, a visual examination of the ear canal of each participant, and a letter for the participant’s primary care physician when concerns arise from the otoscopy exam and/or the questionnaires. We use standardized questionnaires to screen for hearing loss and tinnitus complaints. We offer seminars in English and Spanish.
If you would like to bring one of our hearing seminars to your community, please contact us at 312-643-0717 or email Dr. Ullauri at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearing Care Is Health Care!
Alejandra Ullauri, Au.D.; M.P.H
Board-Certified Cochlear Implant Specialist