People with hearing loss deserve choices that allow them to find the solution that best meets their individual needs. At Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology, we believe this is best accomplished through a personal relationship with one of our audiologists.
An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology.
Dr. Erin Davlin, one of our audiologists, shares what she loves about her profession, “One of my favorite reasons for being an audiologist is when patients come in for the first time. They’re often times nervous and they’re not sure what to expect. When we put hearing devices on them to get them hearing better, the look on their face when they can hear again is priceless.”
For millions of Americans, Better Speech and Hearing Month has increased awareness of the importance of hearing, how to protect it, and how to improve it. Every May for the past 75 years, audiologists are tasked with advocacy and education. This is our time to get the word out!
This month aims to raise awareness about hearing problems and promote treatment for those suffering from hearing impairments. Public knowledge can lead to early diagnosis, better referrals or even prevention. Current auditory research initiatives are advancing the ability to assist auditory performance in everyday environments, maximize the function of advanced hearing protection and devices, and promote hearing health support.
For many reasons, suffers will delay or avoid resolving their hearing problems, often times making the issue worse.
While many may view hearing loss as an inconvenience, Dr. Erin Davlin, an audiologist at Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology shares that hearing loss can have a much bigger impact on your life than you might think.
“There are more and more links that show untreated hearing loss (can lead to) a greater risk of developing dementia,” she said. “So getting your hearing checked regularly is crucial.”
Tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears, is a condition where the sufferer hears sounds that have no outside source. While ringing is the most common sound, other sounds of tinnitus might include humming, blowing, whistling, buzzing, roaring and more.
It’s estimated that nearly 15% of Americans – over 50 million people – experience some degree of tinnitus.
Is there a tinnitus cure?
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for tinnitus. However, they’re several effective tinnitus treatments that reduce the severity of the ringing and provide tinnitus relief. These tinnitus treatment options include the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants, masking devices and tinnitus medications.
If you are suffering from hearing loss or have been facing hearing problems, you are not alone. Roughly 48 million people in the United States have some degree of hearing loss. With more people – especially young people – being exposed to excess noise on a regular basis, the number of people with hearing problems will likely increase.
“One of the most common causes of hearing loss is noise exposure,” said Dr. Erin Davlin, an audiologist at Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology. “Maybe your job exposed you to a lot of noise or maybe you went to a lot of concerts. It’s extremely common for anyone who’s lived a full and active life to experience some degree of hearing loss.”
Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology took the team to Orlando, Florida to attend the 2017 AHAA Convention.
This conference is held for hearing care professionals to learn about recent developments in the hearing health industry.
Over a four-day span, we gathered a better understanding of the issues in the industry and how to better serve our patients.
From learning about optimizing patient care, improving practice efficiency and making the offices more appealing to patients, we returned with valuable insight to exceed and enhance the experience for our patients.