Donate to Hearing Loss Research, Patient Care and Education

Nearly one-third of adults over age 60, and up to half of adults between the ages of 75 and 85, are affected by age-related hearing loss. While age-related hearing loss is especially pervasive, tinnitus (hissing and ringing sounds in the ear) affects more than 10 percent of men. In view of these numbers, advanced treatments and cures for hearing loss are more critical than ever.

By making a generous donation  to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to identify and implement advanced diagnosis techniques, prevention methods and treatments for people suffering from, or at risk of developing, hearing loss.

Whether gradual or swift and severe, hearing loss can negatively affect a person’s the quality of life, moods and relationships. Among the most common symptoms of hearing loss are the following:

  • Difficulty following conversations and using the phone
  • Frequent repetition of conversations
  • The volume of the TV or radio is higher and noticeable to other members of the family
  • Conversations become muffled in loud environments

While age-related hearing loss is quite common among older adults, people of all ages may experience hearing loss for a variety of reasons. For example, some cases of hearing loss can be attributed to ruptured eardrums from trauma, extended infections, tumors, strokes, exposure to excessive noise, chronic fluid in the ear or certain hereditary factors. At Northwestern Medicine, the process of diagnosing the level and severity of an individual’s hearing loss may involve several testing methods, such as physical exams, hearing tests and conversational observation by a physician.

With the support of your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, specialists at Northwestern Medicine are able to offer a variety of treatments for hearing loss. The most common form of treatment is hearing aids, which help to re-establish and improve both hearing and communication. Additional, more advanced treatment options include cochlear implants and surgery to insert inner ear tubes that help to alleviate chronic middle ear fluid, as well as the surgical insertion of prosthetic bones to replace bones that are no longer functioning in the inner ear. Additional options for some patients might include targeted medicines and training in speech reading (often called “lip reading”).

Hearing Loss Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

At Northwestern Medicine, a multidisciplinary team that includes otolaryngologists, audiologists, surgeons, specially trained nurses, speech therapists and other healthcare professionals is committed to effectively diagnosing and treating hearing loss in people of all ages. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will provide crucial support to these team members as they continue their important work, and you will be source of  hope for many people affected by hearing loss.

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