Help Your Patients Hear Post COVID
COVID changed how many patients used healthcare. Routine screens became less frequent and what seemed like minor ailments went unchecked. In the months ahead, a new kind of challenge will face healthcare. The fallout from delayed diagnosis of many conditions will become apparent.
It is estimated that 1 in 8 people in the United States have hearing loss, with more than a third of the population over 65 suffering from hearing loss. The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates people with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help. COVID has potentially delayed this even further. Early diagnosis and treatment for those affected, can add immediate improvement to their quality of life.
Hearing loss can have a major impact on patient wellbeing. Patients become isolated due to their inability to hear conversation, cause aggravation in their families, and put themselves at risk by not being able to monitor their environment as easily. They routinely suffer a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
The hearing impaired have been significantly impacted through COVID from masking. This has limited their ability to read facial expressions and lips that typically aid their understanding of conversation, resulting in further isolation.
Advancing technology has made it possible to provide audiology testing at a primary care physician office. Early diagnosis ensures the patient has the best chance at recovery, treatment, and improved quality of life.
Physician practices can easily add audiology services to their practice and offer the convenience of testing and hearing aid services to their patients. Physician Hearing Network is rapidly expanding with locations across the US, offering hearing services where they should be, in physician practices. Contact us to find out more.