May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Hearing damage can impact people of all ages, and hearing aids are not always the only or recommended solution for hearing loss, which is why it’s important to see an audiologist who can prescribe the appropriate treatment.
If your hearing damage does require a hearing aid, your options have improved greatly in the last few decades. Technology has progressed extensively and hearing aids now come in a wide variety of styles that can be virtually undetectable. Many hearing aid users, especially younger ones, prefer hearing aids in flashy, more fashionable colors and styles. Many now work with smart phones.
School-aged children with hearing loss sometimes exhibit poor school performance because they can’t understand the teacher assignments or classroom interactions. If hearing loss has been present from a young age, they often don’t recognize the loss and can’t identify the problem.
Some signs of hearing loss may include:
- Difficulty understanding people speaking to you and frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
- Difficulty with phone conversations and understanding the other person.
- Sudden inability to hear the door bell, the dog barking, and other household sounds.
- People telling you that you speak too loudly.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Suddenly having to turn up the volume of the television, radio, or stereo and having other family members complain that the volume is too loud.
Sometimes the cause is temporary or a symptom of another illness or disease. An audiologist will test to determine the cause and will be able to recommend treatment.
DID YOU KNOW VCU Health System employee health insurance coverage includes a hearing benefit?
If you suspect hearing loss for yourself or your family, make an appointment with VCU Health Audiology at 828-0431.
Hearing aid coverage is $3,000 every 36 months for employees covered by the VCU Health System health insurance. This benefit provides coverage with VCU Health providers only, and does not extend to external providers.