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Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the country, affecting more than 36 million Americans.
“Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of conditions such as disease or infection, ototoxic drugs, exposure to noise, trauma and the aging process,” said Deb Waldman, AuD, audiologist in the Division of Otolaryngology. “As part of Better Hearing Month, we encourage employees and patients to be more aware of their hearing health.”
Audiologists in the Division of Otolaryngology identify and treat hearing and balance problems. They also perform hearing screenings for newborns and hearing evaluations for people of all ages, as well as hearing assessment and monitoring for patients at risk for progressive hearing loss and for those undergoing medical and surgical treatment of ear disease. For patients whose hearing loss requires amplification, audiologists prescribe and fit hearing aids, as well as other assistive listening devices and provide counseling about adapting to hearing loss.
On May 25, Otolaryngology will offer employees free hearing screenings from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Otolaryngology clinic at 45 Francis St. Hearing screenings will be provided on a first come, first served basis; no appointment necessary. Please bring your BWH ID. For more information, contact the Hearing Center at 617-525-6509.
Screenings are for the purpose of assessing the presence or absence of hearing loss only. For problems related to ear pain, drainage, dizziness, or surgical issues, please consult your primary care physician.