News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 19, 2012

Business offering free hearing evaluations

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics are urging families within the Terre Haute area to be alert for relatives and friends who seem to have trouble hearing this holiday season.

Hearing loss affects the ability of people to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, often leading to isolation and depression. Hearing loss is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today. More than 34 million people in the United States have hearing loss — roughly 11 percent of the population.

“The holidays are a time to gather together with family and friends,” said Donald Kleindl II, BC-HIS, ACA, MCAP, director of Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics. “But for friends and relatives with untreated hearing loss, the holiday season can be bittersweet. By staying alert to the signs of unaddressed hearing loss, and by encouraging those we love to address the problem, we can help them regain their quality of life and strengthen our relationships with them.”

Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics are now offering free hearing evaluations and consultations.

Hearing loss occurs at all ages. For example, among people aged 46 to 64, about 15 percent already have hearing problems. Sixty percent of people with hearing loss are below retirement age. Hearing loss can occur due to exposure to loud music or noises. There is increasing evidence that people with certain medical conditions — such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, heart disease, and even vision loss — may be at an increased risk of hearing loss. And numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions.

To schedule an evaluation call 812-232-4700.