Hearing loss is often seen as the ‘invisible condition,’ not because of the lack of visible symptoms, but because it has long been stigmatized in society.

For many years, it has been associated with ‘aging,’ when in fact it could be due to a range of factors, which is not necessarily age.

Except, the danger of undiagnosed hearing loss is that the more you ignore it, the bigger the problem will get.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 billion people globally live with some degree of hearing loss.

With this figure only expected to double by 2050, it has never been more important to promote the awareness of healthy hearing and encourage more people to get the help they deserve.

On March 3rd, we participated in World Hearing Day, organized by the World Health Organization, and used our important position, as audiologists, to spread the word.

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Why Is Hearing Loss Such A Problem in The US? 

The most dangerous thing about hearing loss is that it takes the average person 7-10 years to book themselves in for a hearing assessment.

Since practicing audiology, I have come across various hearing conditions and helped hundreds of patients across the North Houston area.

But what do they all have in common? They wish they had gotten help sooner.  

With hearing so crucial to everyday communication, not only does it allow you to confidently engage in social interaction, but it provides the beacon towards making lasting connections.

Whether that’s through talking to your grandkids or hearing your loved ones when they shout for you, it’s always a good idea to start your journey early.

This year, World Hearing Day marked the launch of the first-ever World Report on Hearing – these are the key messages they pushed out for the general public:

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life.
  • Hearing loss (and other related conditions) can be avoided through preventative actions such as protection against loud sounds, good ear care practices, and immunization.
  • People at risk of hearing loss should regularly check their hearing.

How Can You Help Someone with A Hearing Loss?

Whether you have a friend or family member that is still reluctant to get help, taking the first step can be hard, and it’s important that you approach the subject with both sensitivity and empathy.

At North Houston Hearing Solutions, I have had many conversations with people who are experiencing hearing loss and have learned the devastating impact it has on their friendships, relationships, and possibly work life.

With friends and family often the first ones to pick it up, it can take many years of persuading before the individual themselves recognizes that they have a hearing loss problem.

When approaching the conversation, you must do your research and look up the different hearing aids that may cater to your loved one’s requirements.

Consider telling them about your story with hearing loss and how your hearing aids have changed your life – as I’m sure you wish someone did the same for you so many years ago!

If you know someone who has an undiagnosed hearing loss and is reluctant to get help, then point them to North Houston Hearing Solutions or give us a call at 281-444-9800.

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Dr Kathryn Crane

Dr Kathryn Crane

Dr. Kathryn Crane, CCC/A, CH-AP, Doctor of Audiology, joined North Houston Hearing Solutions in February 2021. Dr. Crane graduated with a Bachelors in History and a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2014 from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Crane joins North Houston Hearing Solutions after many years at a large ENT practice in the Memorial area of Houston. She has developed significant experience and skills in comprehensive diagnostic audiometry and in the fitting of hearing devices. Though not a native Houstonian, Dr. Crane is a native Texan having grown up in Dallas, Bryan, and Austin. She has lived in Houston since 2013 and considers Houston home.
    Staff at North Houston Hearing Solutions are amazing. They are always very attentive…

    “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

    I have been a patient of Dr Lacey’s for four years and she has been the best for me...

    “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

    I have been seeing Dr Lacey Robinson at North Houston Hearing Solutions since November 2014. I have been very happy with the service....

    “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

    Very professional, very friendly, very concerned with your total quality of life…

    “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”
    Dennis Agnelly

    The people in the office are very nice and helpful. I love Drs, they are ready to take care of yo…

    “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”
    Florangela Ceballos

    Dr. Kathryn Crane
    Dr. Kathryn Crane, CCC/A, CH-AP, Doctor of Audiology, joined North Houston Hearing Solutions in February 2021. Dr. Crane graduated with a Bachelors in History and a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2014 from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Crane joins North Houston Hearing Solutions after many years at a large ENT practice in the Memorial area of Houston. She has developed significant experience and skills in comprehensive diagnostic audiometry and in the fitting of hearing devices. Though not a native Houstonian, Dr. Crane is a native Texan having grown up in Dallas, Bryan, and Austin. She has lived in Houston since 2013 and considers Houston home.
    Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAADoctor 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. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, Dr. Brooks has spent the last ten years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team.
    I felt that the audiologist and other staff were always on top of the service I receive...

    “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

    Dr Lacey has kept me in ears (hearing aids) allowing me to hear without anyone knowing I have hearing aids in place...

    “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”
    Robert Bush

    I love coming here for doctors visits. Dr Robinson is a great doctor and I enjoy our visits...

    “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”
    Ronald Novotny