Mark Chipchase HarmonyAs we age, we experience hearing loss. It gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. In fact, it is one of the most common conditions associated with older adults, affecting one in three individuals in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 (Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). What many don’t realize is that with hearing loss comes a loss of quality of life. Yet because hearing loss can be so gradual, we are more likely to accept it as an inevitable reality of aging.

For those with hearing loss, it can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells and smoke alarms. It can also make it difficult to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation. Some researchers now believe that hearing loss can be linked to brain atrophy and dementia, and that getting a hearing aid can help preserve the brain.

“It’s a deceptive problem and one that often goes untreated,” explains Mark Chipchase, Hearing Care Practitioner at Harmony Hearing Centers of America at One Senior Place Greater Orlando. “Older adults slowly become both disconnected from society and less alert cognitively, yet they refuse to get a hearing aid because of the way it looks or feels. What they don’t realize is that hearing aids can give them their lives back.”

Harmony Hearing Centers of America is dedicated to educating patients, providing comprehensive hearing evaluations and offering a designer line of hearing instruments. Founded by Dr. Al Turri, Au.D., Harmony is not affiliated with or owned by a particular manufacturer, which means that patients are fit with what they need to thrive and not what one manufacturer dictates. The staff includes board certified doctors of audiology and state licensed hearing aid specialists who base their care on clinical research and functional outcomes.

 “It’s about helping people,” says Chipchase. “When someone comes through our doors, we know that they want to regain vitality in their lives. They’re not going to let hearing loss dull their life experiences, and it’s a great feeling when we can help them achieve that.”

When you walk into Harmony Hearing, the first step is getting a hearing consultation, or exam, which the company does onsite at One Senior Place. Once the level of your hearing impairment is measured, the appropriate hearing aid can be recommended. Existing patients also come in to get their hearing aids cleaned and/or recalibrated. Chipchase emphasizes that aesthetically, today’s hearing aids look much different than those from as little as 10 years ago. “They’re very comfortable,” he says. “You don’t even realize you’re wearing one after a while, and people can’t tell that you’re wearing one because they’re so small and well designed.”

When you think about all the things that become “less” as a result of hearing loss, including the ability to communicate with loved ones and share in the most important moments in life, the fact that quality, affective and aesthetically pleasing hearing aids exist represents a great win for everyone. The key, however, is to understand the subtle nature of hearing loss and to be proactive in doing something about it.

“I’ve experienced it a million times … Somebody walks in feeling negatively affected by hearing loss, and once they get fitted for a hearing aid it totally changes their lives for the better,” says Chipchase. “Transforming people’s lives never gets old. Our job is to educate, evaluate and provide people with viable options so they can engage in the world around them again.”

To find out more about Harmony Hearing Centers of America at One Senior Place Greater Orlando, contact Mark Chipchase, Hearing Care Practitioner, at 407.949.6737.

 

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