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Symptoms of Hearing Loss

There are many symptoms to look for when someone is suffering from hearing loss. These symptoms include saying "what" or "huh", increased difficulty from distances, trouble hearing on the telephone, and trouble hearing in noisy environments, groups, or crowds.

A few common statements from someone suffering from hearing loss would include:

  • "I can hear but not understand."
  • "If people wouldn't mumble I could hear them."
  • "That person speaks very monotone."
  • "If you look at me and speak to me I can hear you."
  • "My hearing is fine, young people just don't know how to talk anymore."


  • Posted: May 4, 2016

  • Tags: hearing loss, symptoms, hearing loved ones

  • Author: Michael D. Rairigh, Au.D.

  • Category: Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss can Affect Your Enjoyment of the Holidays

The holidays can always be stressful with all the shopping to find the perfect present, followed by visits to numerous food shops with stressed out shoppers fighting over the last turkey!

However for those suffering from hearing loss, the real challenge is entertaining family and friends who come over for the holidays. For individuals with hearing loss the festive season can be a very isolating time, even if you have a house full of guests.

A hearing evaluation can help you determine whether your hearing is keeping you from fully interacting with those around you. If you feel that you have difficulty hearing or have to ask those around you to repeat themselves often, you may benefit from a hearing exam to find out the cause. At Hermitage Audiology we will conduct a thorough hearing exam and we will give you the best options so you can remain fully engaged this holiday season.

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  • Posted: April 3, 2016

  • Tags: hearing loss, holidays, hearing loved ones

  • Author: Michael D. Rairigh, Au.D.

  • Category: Hearing Loss

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Loss of Hearing: A Hearing Aid Can Help Avoid Withdrawal From Social Activities

Weakening sight – no problem, we do not hesitate at the idea of getting glasses. Most of us even see it as an opportunity to develop a personal style. But damage to hearing apparently has some kind of stigma attached to it. So many of us choose to suffer hearing loss in silence. But diminished hearing can cause so many embarrassing situations for us including misunderstandings and eventual withdrawal from social situations. We start avoiding friends and family and opportunities to meet new people. This is why individuals with hearing loss tend to experience sadness and depression. They reduce their social activities and eventually become emotionally withdrawn.

If you feel that you may be experiencing a hearing loss it is recommended that you have a hearing exam to determine the extent of the problem. Obtaining a hearing aid can remove this barrier to communication and you will be eager to resume your regular social activities with family and friends.

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  • Posted: March 20, 2016

  • Tags: hearing loss, social activities

  • Author: Michael D. Rairigh, Au.D.

  • Category: Hearing Loss

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It has been my unique pleasure to work with so many different clients over the years, and I have made it my mission to provide the best hearing health care to all of them.

Michael D. Rairigh

  • Tags: best hearing healthcare

  • Author: Michael D. Rairigh, Au.D.

Hearing Loss - Effects on An Active Lifestyle

Our hearing is instrumental in allowing us to enjoy an active lifestyle. Whether it is participating in a lively discussion, traveling, or practicing our favorite outdoor activity or sport, healthy hearing allows us to be engaged with those around us.

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  • Posted: March 10, 2016

  • Tags: hearing loss, active lifestyle and hearing

  • Author: Michael D. Rairigh, Au.D.

  • Category: Hearing Loss

Hearing Services

Hermitage Audiology is your hearing aid center in Hermitage, PA. Dr. Rairigh's mission is to provide professional personalized care to each patient, and provide the care that everyone deserves.

Contact Information

Hermitage Audiology
3135 Highland Road
Suite B
Hermitage, PA 16148

(724) 347-2005

(724) 347-4484

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