Dr. Tish Ramirez & Shawnae Jebbia: May 3, 2016

FACTS & MYTHS OF HEARING LOSS

Dr-Tish-Ramirez    Shawnae-Jebbia

MISS USA SHAWNAE JEBBIA HELPS DISPEL MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND HEARING LOSS

*** MAY IS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH ***

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus can affect anyone regardless of age? When we think of hearing loss and hearing aids, we don’t typically think of the younger generations. Yet, most hearing loss is gradual and can begin at a much younger age than many of us would imagine. External factors and risky habits, such as listening to loud music with earbuds and using mowers and other loud tools, are large contributors to hearing loss. Many kids and teens today are exhibiting potential signs of hearing loss including ringing, roaring, buzzing and pain. Many people feel that they will be looked at as feeble or old if they wear a hearing aid when in fact, the average age at which owners got their first hearing has decreased.

DID YOU KNOW?

o    88% of teenagers engage in at least one risky hearing behavior

o    12% of children age 13-14 have at least one symptom of hearing loss

o    The average person waits 7-10 years before addressing their hearing loss

o    only 16 percent with mild to moderate hearing loss wear hearing aids and only 53 percent with severe to profound hearing loss wear hearing aids

o    The average age of a person purchasing their first hearing aid has decreased from 69 to 63 years of age.

Even mild hearing loss can cause increased listening effort and brain strain. Brain strain is an increase in cognitive load while listening effort can be thought of a “squinting with your ears.” It is the amount of effort required to hear what we want to hear and can have significant consequences on energy levels and engagement in speech communication. Shawnae Jebbia, a former Miss USA who suffered sudden and progressive hearing loss, and Dr. Tish Ramirez will be available to discuss hearing loss prevention tips as well as new hearing aid technology

MORE ABOUT PATRICIA ‘TISH’ RAMIREZ

Dr. Tish Ramirez is Headof Education and Training for Signia. She is responsible for the content, planning and delivery of sessions to train the company’s network of hearing care professionals and staff on product and audiology-related topics. She leads a top team of audiologists who consistently deliver interactive and effective education through innovative vehicles.  Tish holds a doctorate degree in Audiology from A.T. Still University, a graduate degree from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. Tish has been a featured speaker at several industry events and is the author of articles appearing in numerous audiology publications.

MORE ABOUT SHAWNAE JEBBIA

Shawnae Jebbia was a 27-year-old beauty queen when she was diagnosed with a progressive hearing loss condition called Meniere’s Disease. By 1998, Shawnae Jebbia had competed in fitness competitions, hosted a television show on ESPN and won the Miss USA crown. She was known to the world as an outgoing and energetic entertainer and athlete. Shawnae then faced sudden and unexpected changes in her life as she adjusted to wearing hearing aids and lost the ability to hear the slightest sounds she once paid no attention to. But thanks to her bright and optimistic attitude, Shawnae has become a remarkable and humble role model for the hearing loss community.

 

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