Too often, we see patients who have been dealing with untreated hearing loss for far too long. Many people put off getting their hearing tested — often, getting help for hearing loss would mean admitting that they are suffering hearing loss, which can be a difficult obstacle for some patients. Other individuals simply may not realize that their hearing loss is an issue, and one that deserves to be treated.
This is often because they believe their hearing loss affects only them. But when one person suffers from hearing loss, the family and loved ones are also affected. Here are some signs that hearing aids may be the next step in treating your hearing loss:
Difficulty hearing the TV
If you continually need the volume of the TV set very high in order to hear it — and other members of your family find the volume too loud — that’s a sign you may need a hearing aid. This is one of the most common complaints among people with hearing loss, and your short-term solution (to crank that volume way, way up) will only exacerbate your condition in the long run.
Communication isn’t the same
Pay attention to your partner. If he or she tells you that you’re speaking too loudly in a normal conversation, or if you frequently ask your partner or those around you to repeat themselves, that’s a sign that you should see a hearing professional. Too often, hearing loss negatively impacts the communication aspect of a relationship because one party is unwilling to seek treatment, and the other party becomes weary of repeating themselves and being shouted at on a daily basis. Your partner will often notice this change in behavior before you will, so listen to them.
You can’t hear your children or grandchildren
The high pitches of young children’s voices mean it’s often difficult to hear them when they’re speaking, even when it’s directly to you. Hearing aid technology is designed to help with that; the signal processing strategy means that speech, even that of children, is audible in all situations. You should be able to cherish those precious moments with your grandchildren rather than waste energy trying to figure out what they’re saying.
Restaurants are too noisy
One of the biggest complaints of people with hearing loss is that restaurants are too loud and make conversations difficult to follow. While there are several steps you can take to make hearing in a crowded restaurant easier — requesting a table far away from the kitchen; sitting with your back to the dining room and the kitchen to minimize the noise — the technology of most hearing aids will make crowded restaurants much easier to handle. At Associated Audiologists, we’re committed to using cutting-edge hearing aid technology; that way, you get the most out of every experience.
Only 20 percent of people who might benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one; this means that the majority of individuals with hearing loss never actually seek or follow through on treatment that might change their lives (and the lives of their loved ones) for the better.
Don’t be the majority. Associated Audiologists has doctoral-level professionals who can help with hearing loss and hearing aids. Contact us today to make an appointment, and prevent hearing problems from affecting your everyday lifestyle.