Hearing loss affects 50% of adults 75 or older and can affect those much younger. Some hearing degradation is normal aging, but for many older adults, hearing loss is severe enough to affect daily life.

At the other end of life, 2 or 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with impaired hearing in one or both ears. Adults may also experience hearing loss due to injury, noise pollution, disease, or other factors.

Many older adults refuse to get their hearing checked by an audiologist, often out of pride. Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss can contribute to social isolation (and similar mental health issues) and even dementia (due to the extra load on the brain from struggling to hear and understand words). For those who are still working, productivity goes down, and fatigue increases.

In children, untreated hearing loss can lead to delays in language development and communication issues that need significant intervention. They will end up falling behind in both academics and social skills.

In both cases, early detection can save time and money, as well as improving mental health. So, what are the signs of hearing loss:

In adults:

  • The feeling that people around are mumbling or speaking less than clearly.
  • Needing to turn the television or stereo up to ever higher levels.
  • Difficulties with cognition and memory.
  • Increased fatigue at the end of the day.
  • Difficulty following a conversation in noisy locations.

In children:

  • Delayed language development and sound production behind their peers. Babies should be cooing at three months and babbling at six. First words should show up at twelve months. Your child’s speech should sound like others their age.
  • Lack of attention to environmental sounds in infants under one year.
  • Not responding or reacting to one’s name by a year old.
  • Difficulty following simple directions.
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud sounds.

If you, your loved one, or your child are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to get things checked out right away. In children, hearing loss may turn out to be treatable. In older children and adults, getting a hearing aid is vital before symptoms get any worse. Delaying treatment can result in anxiety, depression, and difficulty adjusting to hearing aids when you do get one. Hearing loss is also associated with dementia, both because of load on the brain from processing sound and because hearing loss can aggravate symptoms in people who have dementia.

If you are looking for an audiologist in Houston, then you should contact North Houston Hearing Solutions today to arrange for a hearing test for you or your relative.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2003, and earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA), and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association.
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    “Staff at North Houston Hearing Solutions are amazing. They are always very attentive. Dr Lacey Robinson always takes the time to set my hearing aids exactly the way I want them. I have been a patient since 2008 and will continue to be for as long as they will have me”
    Brian Becvar

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    “I have been a patient of Dr Lacey’s for four years and she has been the best for me. She always treats me with respect. I would not consider going anywhere else. She is friendly and always has my best interest in her mind. All the staff is exceptional aswell”
    Dan Payne

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    “I have been seeing Dr Lacey Robinson at North Houston Hearing Solutions since November 2014. I have been very happy with the service she and her associates have provided me. She is always willing to help me out even on short notice. I am very happy to have her as my audiologist. She goes the extra mile to ensure I am hearing like I should. Thank you Lacey!”
    Daniel Feuerbach

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    “Very professional, very friendly, very concerned with your total quality of life. The hearing aids have reduced the stress in my marriage. We can now agree on the volume on the tv”
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    “The people in the office are very nice and helpful. I love Drs, they are ready to take care of you even if you don’t have an appointment. I would recommend for anyone who has hearing needs”
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    “I have been coming to North Houston Hearing Solutions since they moved into the new building. Over the years I have purchased several hearing aids. I have only had great service during all the times. I felt that the audiologist and other staff were always on top of the service I receive. From calling to remind me that it is time to check my hearing aid to helping wade through the insurance paperwork, they were always as nice as can be. I would go nowhere else for hearing aids and the service”
    Marla Lingle

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    “I’ve been coming to North Houston Hearing Solutions for 5 years now. Dr Lacey has kept me in ears (hearing aids) allowing me to hear without anyone knowing I have hearing aids in place. She has been great and the staff has exceeded my expectations”
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    “I love coming here for doctors visits. Dr Robinson is a great doctor and I enjoy our visits. As usual she takes good care of us. The hearing aid is great and we are always treated great”
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