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Local Area Hearing Center Recognizes Better Speech and Hearing Month

Anchorage-Area Hearing Center Recognizes Better Speech and Hearing Month
Sears Hearing Aid Center of Anchorage provides self test for evaluating
hearing loss

Anchorage, AK (Grassroots Newswire) April 21, 2010 - May is Better Speech
and Hearing Month, and Sears Hearing Aid Center of Anchorage is offering
tips to help people in the Anchorage area find out if they should have
their hearing evaluated.

Jim Staengel of Sears Hearing Aid Center of Anchorage suggests local
residents take the following self test, provided by the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), if they suspect they are
suffering from hearing loss:

1. Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
2. Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people
are talking at the same time?
3. Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
5. Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
6. Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
7. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
8. Do family members or co-workers remark about your missing what has been
said?
9. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond
inappropriately?
10. Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?

Staengel says that if you or anyone you know can answer "yes" to more than
two of these questions, then a hearing test should be scheduled at a
trusted hearing care provider, such as those available at Sears Hearing
Aid Center of Anchorage.

"Hearing loss is more prevalent than people suspect. In fact, the Better
Hearing Institute reports that more than 31 million Americans suffer from
the condition," said Staengel. "There is no reason for so many people to
go through life with a hearing impairment. Testing and treatment are
available, and can drastically improve the quality of life for people with
diminished hearing."

Staengel adds that impaired hearing should be viewed as more than just an
inconvenience – it's an actual health condition that can affect people's
day-to-day activities, including work, social interactions and family
life.

Offering a comprehensive hearing assessment that includes a complete
hearing health history, ear canal inspection, hearing threshold test and
speech discrimination test, Sears Hearing Aid Center of Anchorage works
with local residents to determine and meet their individual needs. If the
test indicates that a person's hearing loss could be helped by a hearing
aid, a hearing expert will program a device right then so that the
individual can hear first hand the difference a hearing aid can make.

For more information on Sears Hearing Aid Center of Anchorage, please
contact Jim Staengel at (907) 274-7700.

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