In general, treatment of hearing loss and using hearing aids fall in the category of unpleasant.
It could be due to memories of an older family member using out-of-date hearing aids, or it could be due to the fact that hearing devices are very costly.
There is also the fact that the image of treating hearing loss and using hearing aids creates sadness related to the challenges of accepting aging.
Lastly, it may be that a person does not have the necessary knowledge and tools to understand how to assess hearing health and treat hearing loss.
Education and understanding are crucial.
Common First Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is everywhere! It is estimated that in the United States, one in every eight people suffers from some degree of hearing loss.
The most frequent comments from individuals who come in for a hearing assessment are the following:
“My wife/husband is telling me that I’m turning up the TV too loud.”
“My wife/husband is telling me that I am misunderstanding what they are saying.”
“When I’m in a meeting or a social gathering where there is some background noise, I find myself straining to understand the conversation.”
“I no longer enjoy social venues because I see everyone’s mouth moving and see their faces smiling, and I have no idea what they’re saying or what they’re laughing at.”
What To Look For In A Loved One
Sometimes it’s hard to admit when we have a problem. In this case, we must rely on those close to us to help.
If you notice any of these signs in a loved one, then they may be exhibiting signs of hearing loss.
- They frequently ask others to repeat themselves.
- They respond inappropriately to questions or jokes.
- They complain that people are mumbling.
- They have the TV volume turned up louder than normal.
- They can’t hear the doorbell or the phone ringing.
- They miss what you said if your back is turned toward them.
What You Can Do Next
The very first step that someone should take is to schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation.
A hearing evaluation is a simple, non-invasive procedure. With a referral from our primary care doctor, it is typically covered by insurance.
Establishing a baseline audiogram is the first step to take to maintain quality hearing.
The Future Of Your Hearing
Hearing loss silently sneaks up on us. Even if our family members are noticing the first signs, often we feel that we can still get by without doing anything about it.
Unfortunately, studies performed by neurologists are showing that postponing treatment of hearing loss is actually very damaging to your brain and results in a decline of cognition.
As we move further into the future and learn more and more about good hearing health, I am happy to offer complimentary virtual appointments to all patients.
This ensures your safety and privacy while still protecting your hearing.