Better Hearing Month

In 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health. Encouraging individuals to reflect on their own hearing and undergo regular hearing assessments is the initial step toward addressing the issue of hearing loss.

Today, noise pollution is recognized as a significant public health concern and is identified as a top environmental risk by the World Health Organization’s inaugural World Report on Hearing.

The average person is born with approximately 16,000 hair cells within the inner ear, crucial for sound detection by the brain. However, it’s possible to lose 30-50% of these cells before changes in hearing become evident through a test. Moreover, noise exposure can harm the auditory nerve, which transmits sound information to the brain. While there’s no cure for hearing loss once it occurs, preventive measures can help mitigate its onset.

Since 1967, Starkey, a pioneer in hearing aid technology, has been at the forefront of innovation, offering high-quality products subjected to rigorous quality control standards. Our team at Peoria Ear Nose and Throat is a premier provider for Starkey products.  At Starkey, a hearing aid must pass over 50 performance and durability tests before reaching the market. With over 360 active patents in software and hardware, Starkey remains a leader in advancing hearing solutions. Notably, Starkey was the first and only manufacturer to develop hearing aids capable of detecting falls and sending alerts.

Their latest Genesis AI hearing aids boast a state-of-the-art processor, sound quality, design, and software, promising an enhanced patient experience. Utilizing cutting-edge processor technology that emulates the human brain’s cerebral cortex, these aids adapt to various listening environments, amplifying soft sounds for clarity while reducing loud noises for comfort. Some models even offer up to 51 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Early detection and intervention for hearing loss are critical. Many individuals with undiagnosed hearing loss may not realize they’re missing certain sounds and words. Our team of highly-trained audiologists has undergone extensive education to effectively diagnose and treat various auditory conditions, including hearing loss. They prioritize personalized care, taking the time to assess your symptoms and determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.

During your evaluation, our Doctors of Audiology will assess whether hearing aids are appropriate for your needs and guide you in selecting the device that best suits you. They will also provide assistance in programming your hearing aids and offer ongoing support for any inquiries you may have.