Hearing loss can be due to many factors including age, infection, and damage to the inner ear nerve damage. Symptoms can vary depending on the type and degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be detrimental to enjoyment of everyday activities, and can be improved with new therapy and technology. Our hearing specialist Serena Wilkie is experienced with the latest technologies to combat hearing loss. Contact us today to improve your quality of life!

Becker Hearing Center
(360) 825-4027 or Email: swilkie@ent-allergywa.com

Hearing Aids

When hearing loss makes it difficult for you to have conversations, consider using one or two hearing aids. The Hearing Center at the Dr. Nancy Becker clinic provides the latest listening devices for women and men. Call the Enumclaw or Bonney Lake, Washington, office today for a personalized consultation about Bluetooth® hearing aids.

Consequences of untreated hearing loss

Those who have difficulty hearing can experience distorted and incomplete communication that seriously impacts their professional and personal lives putting an individual at risk for isolation and withdrawal. Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:

Many important studies have been conducted to understand hearing loss and its relation to other serious health issues such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and fall rates in older adults. When hearing loss is present at the same time as one of these health concerns, the term comorbidities is often used as it describes the presence of two or more chronic diseases or disorders affecting a person.

Researchers have taken more interest in comorbidities including hearing loss as individuals who live with untreated hearing loss tend to face higher risk for other physical and cognitive issues.


In a recent report on dementia prevention and its risk factors, it was suggested that hearing loss and social isolation have a possible connection to dementia in later life.

Although more testing needs to be done to find an affirmative link between hearing loss and dementia,  researchers are more inclined to believe that haring plays and important role in brain health. One study hypothesized that when a hearing loss is present, the brain must use additional resources to process and understand sounds. These resources may be taken away from other cognitive processes, such as memory.

If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Visit a hearing healthcare professional and take the first step toward a world of better hearing.

-Dementia prevention, intervention and care, 2017, Livingston, Gill et al., The Lancet, Volume 390, Issue 10113, 2673-2734
-Hearing Loss in older adults affects neural systems supporting speech comprehension, J Neurosci. 2011 Aug 31;31(35):12638-43. Doi:10.1523/JNEUROSXI.2559-11.2011.

Signs of hearing loss

Hearing loss may occur gradually over time or may be experienced suddenly. The following symptoms may indicate that you should have your hearing checked by a professional:

How hearing works

Hearing Aids Q & A

What are Bluetooth hearing aids?

Bluetooth hearing aids are tiny, electronic wearable devices leveraging high-frequency radio technology to primarily help you hear words more clearly and louder. Key components include a microphone, amplifier, and speaker, as well as a battery and wireless transmitter letting you control the listening instrument with a smartphone or tablet. Dr. Becker recommends Unitron® hearing aids with Bluetooth technology in three comfortable styles:

  • In-canal receiver
  • Behind year ear
  • In your ear

What are the benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids?

Though like all hearing aids, they don’t fully restore your hearing loss. Bluetooth hearing aids are the most modern types of hearing aids and offer a variety of benefits:

  • Allow wireless control from your mobile device
  • Clarify and amplify spoken words
  • Improve hearing in small groups, crowds, and noisy environments
  • Magnify sounds in quiet settings
  • Offer a rechargeable battery option

How do Bluetooth hearing aids work?

When you’ve suffered damage to your hair cells inside your inner ear, audio instruments like hearing aids can help restore your ability to communicate verbally. Like other digital hearing devices, Bluetooth hearing aids collect natural sound waves with a microphone and convert them into computerized audio waves. An amplifier increases their volume for virtually instant playback in the tiny speaker.

Bluetooth hearing aids go one step further than conventional ones by transmitting audio wirelessly to a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. The Unitron brand offers several varieties of Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids, some with directional microphones and other technology better at magnifying words while reducing background noise. Unitron also provides a few mobile apps to give you more control over your Bluetooth hearing aid, allowing you to easily change its sensitivity, playback volume, and environment settings without an adjustment from Dr. Becker.

How do I care for my hearing aid?

Dr. Becker recommends you charge your hearing aid batteries overnight, so you’re ready for each day wherever it takes you, but always carry traditional zinc-air batteries with you for whenever charging isn’t feasible. Be sure to gently wipe down your hearing aids with a dry, sterile, soft cloth daily to keep them clean and prevent developing an ear infection. Whenever not in use, store your hearing aids in a dry, cool place or container to keep dust and other contaminants out.

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