Monday, May 03, 2010 - May is Better Hearing Month

Deerfield Beach, FL - In observance of Better Hearing Month, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center is encouraging consumers to be more aware of their hearing health. More than 21 million infants, children and adults in America suffer from some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears.

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players and ear buds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

Hearing impairment not only affects ones ability to understand speech but it also has a negative impact on social and emotional well-being. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.

“Hearing loss can be caused by everything from exposure to loud noises and trauma to ear infections and deterioration due to aging,” says Teryl Dever Camus, AuD, an audiologist at North Broward Medical Center’s Audiology and Hearing Aid Center. “Our comprehensive services enable us to give patients hearing aids designed specifically for their degree of hearing loss.”

The Audiology and Hearing Aid Center is part of the Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center. The Center provides complete auditory, balance, diagnostic and management services by licensed audiologists who are certified by the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association. Services include evaluation and treatment of hearing, auditory processing and balance disorders; hearing instrument fitting and service; unlimited service for hearing aids for up to three years; and electrophysiological assessment.

The Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center consists of a Memory Disorder Center, Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Center, Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, Sleep Disorder Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is staffed by a team of specialists including neurologists, neuropsychologists, geriatric psychiatrists, social workers and nurses.  The staff focuses on refining diagnosis, treatment and continuing care for a full range of neurological disorders.

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