Why Refer to Lakeside Audiology?

At Lakeside Audiology, you can expect your patients to receive the highest level of hearing healthcare, resources, and management strategies from our Doctors of Audiology, Drs. Kim Block and Meghan Jensen (link to our profiles). In addition, the personalized and professional nature of our practice allows for quick response and adaptive strategies when determining how to best communicate and support our referring partners.

Did you know that Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million Americans and has a strong link to many prevalent health conditions?

Dementia Age related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is often gradual and due to a loss of sensory hair cells within the cochlea. Loss of these cells disrupts communication between the ear and brain, which can impact several essential brain areas utilized for communication, such as hearing, memory, speech and language. In fact, a research study led by Dr. Lin at Johns Hopkins showed that untreated hearing loss increases the risk of dementia by 200-500%. (link to our handout saved to this file – “Dementia & Hearing Loss”)

Depression Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for older persons. A survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.

Diabetes Individuals with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop hearing loss than those without diabetes. Diabetes inhibits the body’s ability to produce and manage insulin appropriately, causing a glucose build up in the bloodstream. Researchers suspect that the buildup of glucose in the ear can damage the small blood vessels in the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss.

Heart Disease Hearing loss occurs 54% more often in people with heart disease. The hair cells in the inner ear, which communicate to the brain via the auditory nerve, are susceptible to damage due to poor blood flow resulting from narrowed blood vessels. This may cause insufficient oxygenation through the blood, causing irreversible damage.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Several studies, including a 2018 study in Clinical Rheumatology, found higher rates of sensorineural hearing loss – a type of hearing loss usually caused by poor function of the hair cells in the cochlea – in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Some evidence also links hearing

Several studies, including a 2018 study in Clinical Rheumatology, found higher rates of sensorineural hearing loss – a type of hearing loss usually caused by poor function of the hair cells in the cochlea – in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Some evidence also links hearing

If you have a patient with hearing loss or suspected hearing loss and desire to refer them to our center, please fax your referral to 1-803-638-6901 or send a secure email to admin@lakesidehears.com.

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Appointment Request

If you’re interested in learning more about how Lakeside Audiology can help you with any of our services for all ages - from infants and pediatrics to seniors - simply provide your name, email, and phone number and we will contact you within 2 business days.

Awards and Associations

American Academy of Audiology
American Board of Audiology
Cochlear
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dr. Kim Block

2018 Audiologist of the Year

Dr. Kim Block was awarded Outstanding Audiologist of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Audiology in 2018. This award is given to an audiologist who...