Hearing Health Blog

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People are more self-reliant than ever. Want to fix up your car? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? YouTube video. Trying to learn cursive writing? Yup…you guessed it…..YouTube.

Anything you want to learn, you can find, and there’s great potential to teach and train yourself on the Internet. So the real question is, are we done needing specialists?

Not always. Hearing aids are a practical example. Imagine if you detect some hearing loss and find yourself in need of these practical little devices. Should you run out to Walmart and get a set of over-the-counter hearing aids? Although this might make you feel self-sufficient and sound like the convenient option, there are a few real downsides. As a matter of fact, consulting a hearing specialist for hearing aids can help make your hearing aids more effective and more comfortable.

Hearing loss symptoms

The symptoms of hearing loss may seem straightforward, even obvious. You can’t hear as well, right? While that might sometimes be the case, in other situations the symptoms can be less apparent. In many instances, we are unaware of what to look for and we miss the signs of hearing loss.

Some of the most common symptoms of hearing loss include the following:

  • Having a hard time hearing when it’s noisy: When you’re out at a nice restaurant with friends and family, you have a tough time following along with discussions. You should certainly pay attention if you detect this symptom because it’s a pretty strong indication of hearing loss.
  • Needing people to repeat what they just said: You’re frequently needing people to repeat what they said. Even if you feel as if people are speaking quietly, it’s actually hearing loss that’s the issue. You should consider whether it’s an issue with your ears if lots of people start to seem like their “mumbling”.
  • Having to constantly turn up the volume: Is the volume on your television constantly going up? Well, that’s an indicator of hearing loss. This one is frequently missed because it develops slowly over a long time period.
  • Headaches and exhaustion: Your brain often has to work extra hard as it struggles to process sound. It’s like you’re constantly squinting with your ears as your brain works extra hard attempting to process sound. This can lead to chronic headaches and exhaustion.

Obviously, there are other signs of hearing loss besides these. Everybody’s experience will be a bit different. But if you are noticing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit us to get a diagnosis.

Can a diagnosis be helpful?

So, you have hearing loss symptoms. Maybe you should run out to your local box-store and buy an over-the-counter hearing aid. Well, would you go out and purchase prescription glasses without having an eye exam? It may work sometimes. But understanding more about your condition is definitely essential.

That’s because hearing loss is a complex issue. It’s not like the volume in your ear is merely turned down. Instead, as stereocilia in your ear get damaged, you tend to lose your hearing in parts at a time, that is, you usually lose the ability to hear high-frequency or low-frequency sounds first.

And most people don’t even notice it. Compensating for these kinds of changes is something that the brain is quite good at. Because of this, it’s usually necessary to get a hearing examination. You might not even recognize you have hearing loss but a hearing assessment can uncover any you may have. This will also help you understand which frequencies you’re starting to lose (and be better able to manage your symptoms because of this.)

Benefits of going to a hearing specialist

When you go and purchase a hearing aid at the store, you’ll be doing the best you can to match what’s available on the shelf with what you need.

But when you visit a hearing specialist, your hearing aids can be customized to your needs. We will help you select the ideal device for your needs and we will calibrate it to boost the specific frequency that you’re having difficulty hearing.

Your hearing specialist will also have the following benefits:

  • When you have problems using or comprehending how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help walk you through the process and make sure you comprehend how to get the most out of your devices.
  • Your hearing specialist can also help you figure out how to program your hearing aid successfully. This is crucial to a quality experience with your devices.
  • The ability to help you customize the general fit of your hearing aid, ensuring your devices are comfortable and effectively working.
  • Your hearing specialist can help you set up the necessary maintenance for your hearing aid, ensuring that your devices last for as long as possible.

Even if you get lucky enough to select the best hearing aids for you, if don’t have the advantage of a hearing specialist, your hearing experience will probably be less than optimal.

Additionally, hearing specialists will be able to help you control your hearing loss symptoms. With the right strategy, you’ll be much less likely to lose touch with friends or become isolated from your family on account of your hearing loss symptoms. Those relationships will be preserved. And that can be extremely important.

Not everything has to be DIY

Seeking help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are in some way less self-sufficient. Quite the opposite, actually. Your self-sufficiency and independence will be improved by using the correct hearing aids.

Diagnosing your hearing loss, managing your symptoms, and selecting the right hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.

So contact us so that we can help you address your hearing loss.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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