“What was that?” “Come again?” “Could you repeat that?”
These are some phrases and acknowledgments you might have begun to use more frequently in conversation. It doesn’t sound like a cause for alarm. Unfortunately, hearing loss that is left untreated is one of the top three growing public health concerns of our nation.
Gradual Process of Hearing Loss
You may have not noticed it at first, but you found yourself needing to look right at a person to see their lips move when speaking, focusing harder on their facial expressions and their body language during a conversation. Without you knowing it, you were adapting to a hearing loss by opening up other ways of gauging communication. It has helped, but you have one constant dilemma: you can’t hear like you used to. Whether the moment comes that you realize a hearing aid can improve your life or someone else brings it to your attention, the need to look into a change is there.
How Hearing Loss Affects You and Your Loved Ones
Let’s take a look at a few different scenarios in which untreated hearing loss might affect your ability to communicate and participate.
Are you finding yourself moving to another room to listen to the TV at a higher volume? With or without knowing it, you are adapting to your hearing loss. You go to another room because the background noise of chatter and favorite family TV shows are less enjoyable and more overwhelming. Your loved ones are left to say, “I miss talking to them.” You are not alone in your hearing loss. It affects your loved ones as well.
You are invited to a party. Colleagues are going that you have not seen in a while and have missed – yet, you decide not to go. Conversations are becoming harder to hold in social situations and fatigue sets in easily. Your hearing is not what it used to be and something you control by withdrawing. Truth is, like eyesight, our senses do diminish over time. Friendships and social situations suffer when there is untreated hearing loss.
You are at your regular grocery store. They have just changed everything around. Not only are you frustrated but you are also having trouble understanding the sales associate! You’re asking where the chips are but they thought you asked where the cheese is. There you go again looking for something you didn’t ask for!
How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life
You are not alone in your hearing loss. At Advanced Hearing Solutions, we’re here to help! We’re just a phone call away. And, if you’re nervous about your first visit, bring a friend to join you for a thorough evaluation of your hearing abilities. They will be able to listen to your concerns and set up a plan of action that is right for you. Our caring professionals will help guide you through your options to amend hearing loss.
Imagine getting back into life again and not sitting on the sidelines with hearing loss. You and your friends will once again enjoy conversations and you will be able to hear all the wonderful stories of your loved ones. Getting back out in the public sphere will be enjoyable again. You are not alone in your hearing loss. Because of all that can be gained, it is imperative you seek professional help soon.
Treating Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a real situation for many of us and it is something that we don’t have to “put up with”. It’s onset, whether slow or gradual, can be monitored with regular check-ups. According to the World Health Organization, “People with hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing devices, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive devices.”
The key to controlling and maintaining your hearing health is to get that comprehensive assessment and a treatment plan. The use of hearing instruments no longer carries the stigma it once did. In fact, due to current trends of increased noise pollution and personal practices, the innovative and design-oriented populations being affected by hearing loss, have culminated in a variety of options for the average consumer. It has also created an embracing of the normality of the use of hearing aids and assistive devices in personal and public spaces. We have modern technology on our side and the chance to turn a corner on hearing loss.