The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center is offering free hearing evaluations to current Hofstra employees and students throughout October as part of Audiology Awareness Month. These one hour appointments will be scheduled Mondays-Thursdays on a first come-first serve basis. For more information and to schedule your hearing evaluation, call the Audiology Clinic at 516-463-4384. (Appointments are also available to the general public for a nominal fee.)
How do you know if you should get your hearing checked? Dr. Rose Valvezan, coordinator of audiology services at the Saltzman Center, says you should book a hearing evaluation if you regularly have the following complaints:
- I can’t follow a conversation in a noisy room or crowded restaurant.
- Everybody mumbles!
- I understand male voices better than female voices.
- I have difficulty hearing on the phone.
- There is a ringing or buzzing in my ears.
Dr. Valvezan says, “We’re seeing people with hearing loss at much younger ages. This is partly because lots of people listen to MP3 players and iPods with the volume turned way up.” Other risk factors include using cotton swabs to clean ears, smoking and alcohol use.
As with other health screenings, Dr. Valvezan says even if you aren’t exhibiting symptoms, it’s smart to book a screening by one’s mid 40s in order to get a baseline evaluation. She says, “Talk to your primary care physician, because hearing loss has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.”
In the meantime, turn down the volume on your ear buds! Dr. Valvezan says a good gauge is, “you should be able to hear someone talking to you from three feet away.” She also recommends the noise reduction headphones which allow you to better hear your favorite music without having to turn the sound up too high.