With 35 years of experience helping hundreds of patients hear better, Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, with offices in Westmont and LaGrange Park, shares her top advice to keep everyone’s hearing healthy:
1. “Early intervention, when there’s a hearing problem, always has a better outcome than waiting. So many people wait more than five years to seek treatment for hearing loss,” she says.
2. “Having a baseline hearing test is a great idea if you suspect you have a hearing problem, or are beginning to experience some hearing loss. People should get a baseline test if they have a family history of hearing loss. Some patients are borderline about needing hearing aids, and just need periodic re-checks to watch for changes,” Rogan explains.
She says that patients with Medicare insurance need to obtain a primary care doctor’s order before seeing an audiologist for a baseline. Depending on your insurance carrier, most people don’t need a doctor’s order first, and can seek treatment immediately.
3. “Keep your earbuds clean, and keep the volume within a safe range,” she urges. “Just like cleaning your glasses, inspect your earbuds and clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some people’s ears are naturally more wet, necessitating more frequent earbud cleaning.
“And be mindful of the volume of sound pouring into your ears. Back in the 1970s, some people were blasting music through their loud boom boxes. Now loud music can be even more hazardous when the sound is a direct audio input through earbuds. If other people can hear sound bleeding out of your in-ear headphones, the volume should be lowered to protect your ears,” she says.