For Physicians - Referral Process
Dear Referring Physician,
At Community Hearing Services, we sincerely appreciate your referrals and thank you for your trust. We understand you want the best care for your patients, as do we, and that is why we are committed to providing exceptional care to each individual patient we work with.
We also do all we can do to make the referral process simple. Our experienced staff provide:
- prompt, concise reports and follow-up calls to you regarding your patient
- timely appointments; we fit your patient into our schedule as soon as possible
- consultations to discuss any concerns about your patient and their care
- referral back to you for further care
Thank you for choosing us for your patients’ care. We pride ourselves on exceeding our patients’ standards in hearing healthcare. Please contact us with any questions about how we can assist your patients.
THE EFFECTS OF AGE RELATED HEARING LOSS
Dementia and Hearing Loss
Many people put off getting help for their hearing loss because they think it’s insignificant – something they can deal with by simply turning the TV louder or asking family and friends to repeat themselves. But research has linked untreated hearing loss to significant issues that affect peoples’ lives in many ways.
Mental Health and Hearing Loss
- Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing
- Mild hearing loss – 2 times more likely to develop dementia
- Moderate hearing loss – 3 times more likely to develop dementia
- Severe hearing loss – 5 times more likely to develop dementia
Falling and Hearing Loss
- Hearing loss results in social isolation. Adults with untreated hearing loss tend to withdrawal from engaging with family and friends.
- Adults 50 and older, with untreated hearing loss, are more likely to report depression, anxiety, anger and frustration, emotional instability and paranoia, and are less likely to participate in social activities than those who wear hearing aids.
- The degree of depression and other emotional or mental health issues also increases with the severity of hearing loss.
- People with a mild hearing loss (25 decibels) are 3 times more likely to have a history of falling. Every additional 10-decibels of hearing loss increases the chances of falling by 1.4. This finding held true, even when researchers accounted for other factors linked with falling, including age, sex, race, cardiovascular disease and vestibular function.