Steward Hearing Aid Center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Our audiologists will work with you to determine the most appropriate device to assist you based on your hearing loss, your work and home activities, physical limitations, medical condition and cosmetic preferences. Most appointments can be made within 24/48 hours.
How do you know if you, or someone you know, has a hearing problem?
Approximately 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s 17 percent of the U.S. population, making it the third most common public health issue in the country after heart disease and arthritis. If you suspect someone you know has hearing loss, you can perform a simple screening. Cover your mouth, and in a normal conversational voice ask the person the following questions:
1 . Do you, or someone you know, think you have a hearing loss?
Oftentimes, the person with the hearing loss is the last to know, but their significant others are well aware of their hearing loss.
2. Do you have difficulty hearing in background noise?
Difficulty hearing in background noise is an early indicator of hearing loss that may be associated with “Hidden Hearing Loss”.
3. Do you experience bothersome buzzing, ringing, or pulsing?
The primary cause of tinnitus is hearing loss. People often notice tinnitus before their hearing loss.
A response of “What?” “Huh?” or anything other than “No” warrants a Diagnostic Hearing Test. Schedule an appointment at St. Elizabeth’s Hearing Aid Center by calling 617-779-6460 or e-mail [email protected].
If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to:
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Relationship difficulties
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Irritability, negativism and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Diminished psychological and overall health
Ninety percent of those with a hearing loss experience age related hearing loss (presbycusis) that typically can be treated with hearing aids. All modern hearing aids are microcomputers and relatively invisible.
Hearing aid benefits include:
- Increased quality of life
- Enhanced earnings
- Improved relationships with your family and friends
- Enhanced social communication
- Tinnitus suppression
The Steward Hearing Aid Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center offers a large selection of hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers. As there are many styles of hearing aids, we will help you find the best choice for your individual hearing loss, lifestyle, and pocket book. Learn more.