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When Someone in the Family has Hearing Loss, the Entire Family has a Hearing Problem

Mark Toscher, Ph.D., FAAA
Dr. Mark Toscher passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 6, 2013. He formerly practiced in our Audiology Department at 215 Pesetas Lane, (805) 681-7636.

by Mark M. Toscher, PH.D. Department of Otolaryngology

How often has your spouse, a friend or one of your children said, "You're not listening to me"? How often do you miss out on conversations around the dinner table, in a restaurant or in a class? Have you ever said, "I hear fine, I just don't understand"?

If these situations ring a bell, you may be one of more than 40 million people in the U.S. with significant hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect your quality of life and is not limited to seniors. As a matter of fact, only 30% of those with hearing loss are over the age of 65.

Do you find yourself thinking:

  • I often ask people to repeat themselves.
  • I tell myself people mumble.
  • I turn up the TV louder than the family likes.
  • I miss conversations in restaurants, classes or church.

If you find yourself using the above phrases, the first step is admitting that there may be a problem. The second is to see an Audiologist. He or she can determine if there is hearing loss, the degree of loss and what can be done to improve your quality of life. 

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