Hearing Impairment: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Hearing impairment can be a frustrating and isolating condition that affects individuals of all ages. It can result from various factors, such as genetics, infections, noise exposure, and aging. Difficulty understanding speech, turning up the volume on the TV or radio, and feeling left out of conversations are some common symptoms of hearing impairment. If left untreated, hearing impairment can lead to social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline.

At Berlin Medical & Neurological Rehabilitation Center, we have a team of occupational and speech therapists who specialize in working with individuals with hearing impairment. Our therapists work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that cater to their specific needs. They can help patients develop communication strategies, such as lip-reading and sign language, to better understand speech. Our therapists also provide counseling and emotional support to help individuals cope with the emotional impact of hearing loss.

In addition to occupational therapy and speech therapy, there are several treatment options available for hearing impairment, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices. Hearing aids are small electronic devices that amplify sound and are worn in the ear. Cochlear implants are small electronic devices that are surgically implanted in the inner ear to stimulate the hearing nerve. Assistive listening devices, such as personal amplifiers and telecoil systems, can be used in conjunction with hearing aids or cochlear implants to improve communication in difficult listening environments.

At Berlin Medical & Neurological Rehabilitation Center, we work closely with professionals who offer hearing aid fitting and adjustment services to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized, comprehensive care to help individuals with hearing impairment overcome their challenges and improve their overall quality of life.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing impairment, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Our team is here to provide you with the support and care you need to improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our occupational and speech therapists.