About 48 million adults report some degree of hearing loss. By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people has a hearing loss. In fact, the loss of hearing is the 3rd most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. For women entering the menopausal years, it can feel like everything is changing all at once, including the ability to hear. Many people feel that they are missing out on important conversations, especially in group settings or noisy environments.”
One of the more common questions women ask is: “Is there a connection between a slow decline in the ability to hear and menopause?” The answer appears to be that the menopause transition often acts as a trigger of a relatively rapid age-related hearing decline and that decline often starts in the left ear.
I will be hosting the Red Hot Mamas seminar on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Center. The seminar, “Understanding and Protecting Your Hearing at Menopause,” will cover types of hearing loss, tinnitus, who should be screened, types of hearing tests as well as how to protect your hearing at menopause and beyond.
The Red Hot Mamas seminars are always free and open to the public. Grab a girlfriend or two and come find out more about this unique time in a woman’s life. The seminar is in the Pebble Creek Room at Portneuf. Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit portmed.org/rhm or call 208-239-1048. To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.
There are many different treatment options for those experiencing hearing loss. If you or a loved one experiences any loss of hearing either on a regular or recurring bases, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician) for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you suddenly lose your hearing, you should seek medical attention immediately because it may be an emergency.
I provide advanced treatment protocols, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology with comprehensive and compassionate care for patients of all ages. If you need to see an ENT physician, I am happy to be of service. To schedule a consult, call 208-239-1960.
Dr. Morgan Yost is board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. He graduated from ATSU Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO and completed residency training at Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville, MO. He is the fourth Dr. Yost to practice medicine and follows the legacy of his father, retired from medicine, and his two older brothers. Dr. Yost is presently taking new patients.