Life becomes much harder when you can’t hear it
Imagine the frustrations… Conversations you can’t follow because it’s too noisy in the classroom, at your favorite restaurant, your granddaughter’s birthday party, or the annual holiday get-together with family and friends.
What about work? Struggling to hear in meetings and collaborating in team projects is infuriating, the results just as annoying: Because you contribute less, you’re no longer the go-to person colleagues rely on.
If you work in a noisy industrial setting, poor hearing increases the risk of accidents to you and your colleagues. “Look out! Didn’t you hear that skid-steer behind you?”
Bottom line: Untreated hearing loss leads to unemployment.
What about getting from A to B? Whether walking, riding public transportation, or driving, you rely on hearing to help you negotiate getting to and from work, school, socializing and shopping. Yes, untreated hearing loss is a safety risk.
To add to the frustrations of hearing loss, there are the medical consequences to consider. For example, research proves the connection of hearing loss to falling, social isolation, depression, coordinated movement, higher health-care costs, fatigue, and poor communication with caregivers, which creates stress and uncertainty.
To top it off, mild-to-moderate hearing loss increases the risk of dementia and its tragic consequences to victims and their families. The good news is that treating hearing loss with hearing aids significantly reduces the risk of dementia. Some studies have even measured an increase in cognitive abilities after wearing hearing aids.
Life is much harder when you can’t talk about it
Imagine the frustration you’d feel as you go about your daily routine. For example, your brain has the words you need to express your thoughts, but the neural pathway from your brain to your mouth doesn’t work properly. Or you can’t pronounce words correctly because you can’t coordinate the complex actions of muscles involved in speech.
These are problems at any age, but for kids, the challenge to their learning and social development is enormous.
There are other challenges to speech with stroke, Parkinson disease, and similar neurological disorders high on the list. Fortunately, effective therapies are available allowing people to rejoin the conversation of life.
Affordability is the challenge
Quality hearing aids are expensive, but they’re the only ones that work in a variety of real-life situations — listening to media, talking on the phone, in restaurants, busy places, at meetings. Cheap ones don’t perform well enough to sustain their use—they’re just another source of frustration and wasted money.
Affordability is also an issue for getting professional speech-language therapy, which requires focussed, one-on-one treatments over many sessions. This is hard work for both patients and therapists, but worth every moment.
The fact is, the cost of professional hearing and speech care puts it out of reach for many people who need it.
This is where we come in: We help people with hearing loss and speech disorders who cannot afford rehabilitation get the professional services they need so that
- Kids and teens enjoy an enriched learning experience.
- Adults can gain (and sustain) employment and contribute to their communities.
Our goal is to eliminate hearing loss and speech disorders as obstacles to living satisfying, happy lives with family and friends.
Since 1978 we’ve been faithful to our nonprofit mission to help those who need us regardless of their ability to pay. Using the most up-to-date methods and expert care, our team of audiologists and speech-language pathologists solve communication problems for infants, kids, teens and adults. They see patients at our clinics, in local schools, and with our mobile lab.