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Dr. Travis Stork- Host on The Doctors show Nearly 27 million Americans age 50 and older have hearing loss, but did you know that only one in seven uses a hearing aid? We have a few surprising signs that you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss and more importantly what you should do about it. Surprising sign number one, Dr. Orden.

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show It really isn't surprising to me because I am an ear nose and throat specialist. The nerve that is involved with our sensation, our sense of hearing, also was involved with balance and equilibrium. So a surprising sign is that you may be stumbling more, you may be, you know, less stable on your feet at times and that's all related to changes going on in your inner ear; can affect balance as well as hearing.

Dr. Judy Ho- Host on The Doctors show So what can they do when, I mean when you start noticing a loved one doing that. I mean sometimes they're not even aware, right so…

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show I think it's so important that part of aging process you need, you know that your ears, your hearing is going to change to a certain degree as we get old, so called presbycusis. You need to check your hearing for all the elderly and they may not want to admit that they don't hear as well and they may be checking out and withdrawing and are less interactive and all those things, those changes are not healthy as you know, you deal with geriatric populations.

Dr. Judy Ho- Host on The Doctors show Right, so almost hiding…

Dr. Travis Stork- Host on The Doctors show And also the fact that mild hearing loss can triple your risk of falling and the fact that falling is often that first step in an elderly individual losing their independence potentially going down a downward spiral, so it's really important. Now Drew I want to talk about in that case you're talking about stumbling more often, but what about this concept of ringing as a surprising sign?

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show Well tinnitus, ringing in the ears, is just a sign or a symptom of something going on in your inner ear. It can be associated with that natural progression of losing your hearing as you age, certain medications can cause it, so the ringing in the ears is just another sign or symptom that there's changes going on along with that, the balance issues, falling, inside the inner ear.

Dr. Judy Ho- Host on The Doctors show I know that one of the logistical issues has been that it just costs a lot to get a hearing aid, right, so what can people do about that?

Dr. Andrew Orden - Host on The Doctors show That's right and if you in fact have that type of hearing loss, sensory neural hearing loss, related to aging you lose, you especially lose, your high frequency tones, the ability. That's why it can be more difficult to hear and understand women and kids because they speak in a higher frequency.

Dr. Travis Stork- Host on The Doctors show And that's an important point and our third surprising sign because…my dad, I've seen, this is something my dad struggles with and my dad will use hearing aids now because again, those higher pitched frequencies may be the first to go and one of the cool things about a hearing aid device is that you can turn up certain frequencies and it can help people because it is embarrassing and I mean this take it take a married couple who's been together for forever and the husband starts saying honey I know I can't hear you I did not and there's a fight taking place because you never listen to me. Well, it could be the fact that there's some hearing loss going on. We’re not always...

Dr. Nita Landry- Host on The Doctors show But that…

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show Turn off turn off a little bit, now...

Dr. Travis Stork- Host on The Doctors show Oops, Honey, I don’t have my hearing aids, sorry!

Dr. Nita Landry- Host on The Doctors show So sometimes it’s a real excuse, sometimes it’s just convenient

Dr. Travis Stork- Host on The Doctors show But it's something to take note of.

Dr. Judy Ho- Host on The Doctors show Yeah, it is.

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show And that's I think that's the single biggest takeaway here with what we're talking about is hearing loss associated with aging. That if you have that type of hearing loss look into the possibilities of a hearing aid because the hearing aids are, so many different types of hearing aids now the technology has improved significantly.

Dr. Judy Ho- Host on The Doctors show They don’t all have to be as costly anymore.

Dr. Andrew Orden- Host on The Doctors show There, well that that's a big issue. And different styles, think of, some are in the ears, some are outside of the ear, some are a combination of both and you know there's one option, Ovation Hearing has come out. They offer all these different types of hearing aids, but one in particular that they're advocating the Excel Ovation Hearing Aid combines all the best of abilities like you said that you can dial in certain frequencies where you're having the biggest problem, they can they can fit it to your specific needs, so, and as you said for a lot of people it's the price that scares them away. Tthe Ovation Hearing Aid is a great option. There's no middlemen so that means direct consumer approach to sales. Guess what, that makes it much more affordable.

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