Zephyrhills, Florida: City of Pure Water

As the headquarters of Zephyrhills bottled water, Zephyrhills is known nationwide as the “city of pure water.” Founded in 1910 by Captain Harold B. Jeffries, Zephyrhills originally began as “Abbot Station,” a retirement community for Civil War veterans. Today, we celebrate this history with a Founders Day festival in March.

Ear to Hear in Zephyrhills, Florida

Ear to Hear Online offers quality hearing aids, ordered online and shipped to the Zephyrhills store. For people with hearing loss, this provides the same name-brand hearing aid products and the same excellent technology at a fraction of the cost. Ear to Hear Online is proud to offer our hearing test and other hearing health services to members of the Zephyrhills community. For all of your hearing health care needs, we’re here for you!

 

Ear to Hear is a hearing aid dispensary, offering hearing aid fitting services and free hearing tests and Otoscopic exams.  We offer hearing aids by leading brands such as Oticon, Siemens, ReSound, Phonak, Starkey, and Widex. As an independent hearing aid dispensary, Ear to Hear is proud to serve the residents of Zephyrhills for all of their hearing health needs.

 

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Veterans and Hearing Loss

With Zephyrhills’ history rooted in veterans, Ear to Hear would like to take a moment to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. We also would like to take this opportunity to draw attention to the fact that 60% of veterans returning from combat zones in the last few years have experienced some degree of hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

 

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, hearing loss is one of the most common service-related injuries. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud sounds, whether in a single event or over a gradual period of time – both of which are possibilities in combat zones.  Tinnitus, a “ringing of the ears,” often accompanies hearing loss, appearing in over 80% of hearing loss cases. Both are treatable with hearing aids, fitted following a hearing test. At Ear to Hear, we provide hearing aid tests as well as hearing aid fittings to meet all degrees of hearing loss.

 

During World War II, the field of audiology burgeoned to address noise-induced hearing loss experienced by thousands of returning US veterans. Immediately post-war, between 1945 and 1947, 15,000 veterans were treated by military aural rehabilitation programs. Because hearing loss is also a condition that develops gradually, by 1957 the Department of Veterans Affairs had identified 71,000 veterans with hearing loss. In the past few decades, the Department of Veterans Affairs has allocated much funding to audiological research.

Treating Hearing Loss in Zephyrhills

Here in Zephyrhills, nearly 29% of the population consists of people over the age of 65. In addition to noise-induced hearing loss, the other common type of hearing loss is presbycusis – age-related hearing loss.

 

In the United States, 48 million people experience hearing loss, making it the third most common medical condition. Among people age 65 or older, one in three experience hearing loss. For people age 75 or older, 50% of people experience some degree of hearing loss. Given the population of older Americans in Zephyrhills, Ear to Hear Online hopes to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health and addressing hearing loss.

 

Hearing specialists recommend that people begin annual hearing tests at the age of 50. In the same way we get our eyes checked or go for a physical every year, it’s important to schedule in a hearing test. Because hearing loss is invisible and we often “overcompensate” for diminishing hearing abilities, many are not aware that they experience hearing loss until it is far too late.

 

The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that people wait an average of seven years from the time they first notice changes in their hearing before deciding to seek treatment. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a number of negative consequences, from social isolation to an increased risk for dementia. People with untreated hearing loss tend to have lower earning power than their colleagues with normal hearing or colleagues who treat their hearing loss.

 

Treating hearing loss is a painless procedure! It begins with a hearing test and otoscopic exam, available at our Ear to Hear Zephyrhills location. If a hearing loss is detected, our friendly team will work with you to find the perfect hearing devices to meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

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