Hearing loss is very common as people age. Some 18 percent of U.S. adults between 45 and 54 have this problem, and the percentage is significantly higher for senior citizens. Untreated hearing loss is detrimental to the individual in various ways, but misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids can lead people to delay getting the help they need.
Your Doctor Would Notice If You Have Hearing Loss
Consider how quiet an exam room is at a clinic or doctor's office. Typically, the door to this small room is closed and the enclosed environment muffles sounds from outside.
People generally have the most trouble hearing in environments where there is interfering noise, where several people are talking and where acoustics are poor.
Hearing Loss Is Normal for Older People
Hearing loss may technically be normal by a certain age, but consider that a certain level of close-up vision difficulty also is normal by a certain age. People readily wear reading glasses or get bifocal lenses if they are nearsighted, but they may shy away from having their hearing corrected with hearing aids. They may figure that reading is essential, but that they can deal with a certain amount of hearing difficulty.
Consider, however, that hearing loss means you must turn up radio and TV volumes louder, and you still may miss much of what goes on. You force people to talk louder so you can understand them. In addition, you may no longer hear birds chirping and you may not understand something a young grandchild says. Difficulty with hearing high-frequency sounds is common with hearing loss.
Hearing Aids Are Too Obvious to Other People
Newer technology has created devices that fit totally in the ear canal. These aren't suitable for everyone, but even if you need to wear a hearing aid that's more visible, that's less noteworthy to other people than your hearing loss probably is.
Untreated hearing loss puts a strain on relationships. Imagine what it's like for your relatives and friends to know that when they're with you, they will have to talk louder than normal and often repeat themselves. They also must deal with unpleasantly loud volumes on various electronic devices so you can hear music, movies and TV shows.
What You Can Do Now
Consult a doctor or audiologist, such as those at Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center, for a hearing test so you can learn the level of hearing loss you've developed. Then you can learn about the different models of hearing aids and try the one that seems to best fit your particular circumstances. Advancements in hearing aid technology mean that the choice is more customized than it was years ago. This is an important step toward enhancing your quality of life.Share
29 July 2015
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