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Are You Hearing Your Best?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jul 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

Are You Hearing Your Best--.jpgA number of factors can affect your hearing, regardless of your age. All those rock concerts you attended could be catching up with you, or suddenly you notice you’re asking coworkers to repeat themselves. These are just a few indications that you’re not hearing your best.

Age isn’t always a factor, with 19% of those aged 20-29 having trouble hearing in one or both ears. Hearing your best is important at any age. Fortunately, there are people to help you and provide manageable solutions to improve your hearing.

Signs of Trouble

You might be in denial, or you might be completely unaware that you’re not hearing your best. Either way, several indicators point to potential hearing loss.

You might be intuitively turning up your television and radio, not fully realizing it’s because you’re having trouble hearing. It sounds fine to you, until your family enters the room, asking why it’s so loud. It usually takes an additional source to make you aware. If you’ve found yourself struggling to follow conversations and need constant repetition, especially in noisy environments like crowded parties and restaurants, you might have trouble hearing.

Hearing loss affects the sound frequency, making high-pitched soft speech sounds, such as “f”, “t”, and “s” more difficult to hear. If you feel that people’s speech is consistently muffled or unclear, you’re not hearing your best.

Any of the above symptoms are strong indicators you may have a noise-induced hearing loss, but there’s a solution that’s right for you.

The Right Hearing Aids

No two ears are the same, and neither are hearing aids. To hear your best, you need to find the right pair that fits. With today’s technological and ergonomic improvements, hearing aids come in a variety of styles and fits, from receiver-in-canal and extended wear to behind-the-ear open fit. Not only do newer aids improve your hearing, many connect wirelessly across multiple devices, are Bluetooth-enabled, and have better fitting precision and preset controls for various environments.

The wrong pair or a poor fit will not improve your hearing ability, which could result in choosing to abandon the aid completely, displeased with the results. Hearing your best means finding an aid that matches your life. You want a device that can accommodate your noisy work environment, your athletic activities, or your quiet lifestyle.

Hearing aids don’t last forever. They need regular replacement as you age and as technology advances.  In addition, avoid on-line purchasing.  Only buy hearing aids from a licensed, doctoral-level audiologist. These professionals can guarantee the aids are fit appropriately to prescription and help you with any manufacturer and fitting issues.

Call Your Audiologist

You can ensure you’re hearing your best by visiting your audiologist. They take the time to build a relationship with you and understand your unique needs to find an aid that fits.

Associated Audiologists uses real ear verification through Verifit technology to ensure aids are properly programmed for optimal performance. Hearing your best can be confirmed by tests and diagnostic evaluations provided by trained and certified audiologists. They use the latest technology to diagnose and map out the best ways to treat hearing difficulties, offering diagnostic hearing evaluations and audiograms to best determine the type and degree of hearing loss.

Audiologists recommend the best solution for you, walking you through fittings, adjustments, maintenance, and education to improve your hearing. They have the education and field experience to provide the best advice, and they work with licensed manufacturers to supply multiple types of hearing aids for any person and any lifestyle.

Associated Audiologists ensures quality care, with knowledge about auditory rehabilitation programs and the hearing aid industry to provide the best help. Call Associated Audiologists today to book your hearing appointment.

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Topics: Hearing loss

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