November Physician Focus: Hearing Loss

More than 30 million Americans age 12 and older have some level of impaired hearing, according to the National  Karlin, Mason, Brown, (l to r)Hearing Loss_editedInstitute of Deafness. Among older Americans, hearing impairment is the third most common chronic condition, and an increasing number of young people are experiencing hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises, many from personal listening devices.

The November Edition of Physician Focus, Hearing Loss: Causes, Prevention, Remedies, examines how we hear; the signs, symptoms, and causes of hearing loss; what we can do to prevent and limit hearing impairment; and what remedies are available for those who do experience a loss of hearing. Among the topics of conversation are hearing aids and cochlear implants for those with severe and profound hearing loss.

Guests are two officers from the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. President Jeffrey S. Brown, M.D., (photo, right) a physician with ENT Consultants at Winchester Hospital, and President-Elect Theodore P. Mason, M.D., (center) a physician with Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Founder and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Baystate Medical Center, join host Bruce Karlin, M.D., (left) a primary care physician and Utilization Management Medical Director at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, for the discussion.

Physician Focus, now in its 11th consecutive year of production, is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts. The November program is available online at, and can be viewed throughout the month at, and on YouTube.

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