Hearing Health Blog

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In some cases, it’s easy to recognize when you need medical advice. When you break your leg, for example, you know you should go to the doctor (or the emergency room, depending on the scenario). You may need a splint or a cast or supportive device, but the thing is that you’re not likely to try “toughing it out”. If you want your bones to mend properly, you need to get them treated as soon as you can.

But when it comes to hearing aids, it’s not always so easy to know when it’s time to get some assistance. Hearing loss is normally a developing condition. This means knowing when to get treatment for hearing loss can be tricky.

That’s why it’s a good idea to watch out for some particular signposts that you may be losing your ability to communicate. If you detect any, it may be time to consult us about your first set of hearing aids.

Hearing loss and hearing aids

Hearing loss is primarily treated with hearing aids. But that doesn’t mean everyone who has hearing loss will instantly need a set of hearing aids. Hearing aids won’t always be beneficial in cases of minor hearing loss. Consequently, we might want you to wait before beginning to use them. Likewise, you may be instructed to wear hearing aids only in certain situations.

Essentially, the threshold for requiring hearing aids isn’t always a hearing loss diagnosis.

But in many instances hearing aids will be the best solution. Because hearing loss can be a sneaky and gradual condition, lots of people don’t receive a diagnosis until there’s been significant damage. But if you come in to see us regularly, you might be able to catch your hearing loss early, and, because of this, you might not need hearing aids right away.

So how will you know if you have hearing loss?

You need hearing aids if you detect these signs

Instant communication issues can be the consequence of hearing loss. The funny thing, though, is that you don’t always understand that those communication difficulties are due to hearing loss. So, at what stage will a hearing aid help?

Watch out for these indicators:

  • You can’t understand people on the phone: Even the highest quality phone speakers have a habit of flattening a voice. If you have hearing loss, this can make it even harder to understand conversations. It can be very difficult to hear voices as a result of the loss of these frequencies.
  • You listen to the radio or TV at high volumes: Hearing loss could be the culprit if you continually need to crank the volume of your devices up. This is especially true if you keep turning that volume knob higher (and even more especially true if the people around you complain about how loud your media is).
  • You have a tough time hearing conversations in noisy places: When people ask, “What are the signs of hearing loss?”, this one is almost always mentioned. One of the surest indications of hearing loss is that you have difficulty following conversations in noisy settings, like bars or restaurants. That’s because your brain has a hard time filling in the missing information that gets lost with hearing impairment. Because of this, there’s a lot of muffled conversations.
  • You have problems understanding what people are saying: Many people don’t think they have hearing loss or need hearing aids because the total volume they perceive seems fine. But the thing about hearing loss is that specific frequencies of sound often go before others. Due to this, things like vowel sounds in the higher register can sound distorted. This could cause you to have a difficult time making out what people are saying.

So what should you do?

Clearly, you know precisely what you have to do when you break a bone! But what do you do when you start to experience the symptoms of hearing loss? What level of hearing loss calls for hearing aids? Well, that’s difficult to answer, but when you start experiencing these symptoms, it’s a good plan to schedule an appointment with us. We will be able to let you know how severe your hearing loss is.

A hearing screening will also help you get the best possible hearing aids for your requirements if you do indeed need hearing aids. This means you’ll be able to get back to communicating with your friends and loved ones, you’ll hear your grandkids when they call you on the phone, your co-workers at your morning meeting, and your friends at the pub.

Call us for a hearing test so we can help you improve your quality of life.

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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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