by Dr. Melissa L. Siemer, Lexington Clinic Audiologist

When a person begins to experience a loss in hearing, they begin to experience a loss in quality of life as well. Studies show that those with untreated hearing loss often show signs of irritability, fatigue, stress, anger, depression and reduced alertness. Additionally, untreated hearing loss can impair memory, reduce job performance and diminish psychological and overall health.

That is why it is important to schedule an appointment with an audiologist at the first sign of hearing loss. At this appointment, your hearing will be evaluated and the audiologist will help you determine if hearing aids are right for you.

There are many symptoms and signs that indicate hearing loss. Those include:
  • Asking people to repeat themselves more often, and perceiving people as mumbling
  • Experiencing a ringing in your ears
  • Having family members or friend complain that you have the radio or TV too loud
  • Experiencing difficulty understanding people in a crowd
  • Loss of ability to hear everyday sounds, such as a doorbell or ringing phone
  • Increasing difficulty understanding telephone conversations
  • Being told you speak too loudly

Additionally, those who have a family history of hearing loss, have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems, or have been exposed to loud noises, both suddenly and over a long period of time, are more at risk of developing hearing loss.

If you feel you are at risk of developing hearing loss, or are experiencing signs and symptoms of hearing loss, see an audiologist today to determine if hearing aids are right for you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Lexington Clinic Audiology, please call (859) 258-4371 or visit
Melissa L. Siemer, AuD, is an audiologist at Lexington Clinic South Broadway. She is certified in Audiology by the Kentucky Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and is a certified Hearing Instrument Specialist by the Kentucky Board of Hearing Instrument Specialists. She is also a member of the Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Audiology. She provides services in audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings and balance assessment.