What to Do When You Think You Have Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a prevalent condition. We grow more likely to experience it as we age, and we may also be more likely to develop it if we’re exposed to severely loud external noises. Perhaps you’ve been worried that your hearing is a little off lately, have had odd sensations in your ear, or you have had trouble understanding people and sounds more often lately. Don’t worry; there are a variety of ways to get to the bottom of it and, if you do have hearing loss, help you treat it. Your hearing instrument specialist is one such source of help.
Be aware of the signs of hearing loss
If you have any suspicion that you’re suffering from hearing loss, you shouldn’t wait for a sign; you should get in touch with a hearing instrument specialist as soon as possible. However, if you’re on the fence, here are a few indications that you could use some help getting to the root of it:
- You have to pay closer attention to people when they’re speaking
- You have trouble following group conversations
- You have trouble hearing on the phone
- You have to turn the TV, radio, or speakers up louder than you had to before
- You often misunderstand or mishear what people say
- You have more trouble hearing children and women (typically because hearing loss affects higher pitches and frequencies first)
If you experience one or more of the signs above, that’s an apparent reason to see a professional about your hearing loss.
Find a hearing instrument specialist
If there is any hearing loss, your hearing instrument specialist will be able to help you both find and treat it. Before making your appointment, try to put together a complete health and hearing history. Information such as past health conditions and medications are relevant, so don’t skip them out. So, too, should you include information about any ear or head trauma, past trouble hearing, and your social, work, and living environments.
A hearing instrument specialist will conduct a thorough examination and hearing test. This can help find certain causes of hearing loss, such as earwax build-up and excessive noise exposure. After a physical/visual examination, they will perform a hearing test. This is to find the limitations of your hearing and to provide a graphic representation of your range of hearing.
Try out a hearing aid
When the hearing exam is complete, you should have a complete picture of any hearing loss you may or may not have. If you are suffering from hearing loss, choosing a hearing aid is the most common and often the most effective treatment solution. These devices amplify sounds that you aren’t normally able to hear, and they come in a range of shapes, sizes, and varieties. Your hearing instrument specialist will guide you through the whole process. They will learn about your needs, recommend features you might like, and ensure the right device is selected. They will then fit that device for you, teaching you how to operate and maintain it and make sure that it’s properly calibrated to provide the kind of amplification you need. After that, it takes a little time to get used to a hearing aid and don’t be alarmed if your first selection isn’t the right fit.
Get more support and advice about hearing loss
It can take time to get used to hearing loss and, once you have accepted it, you can struggle with some of the barriers that it raises. Some people may feel depressed or stressed dealing with the isolation they might feel as a result of being unable to understand others, for instance. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist, and they may be able to recommend you to support groups and resources that can help you find someone to talk to and advice to follow.
Help others acclimate to your hearing loss
Some people prefer not to disclose that they have hearing loss for a long time. However, the sooner you accept and be open about your hearing loss, the easier it can make life. You can ask them to speak more slowly and to face you when talking to you, for instance, so that it’s easier to understand them. When people are more understanding of your hearing loss and get into the habit of remembering it, it can make your social interactions a lot smoother and easier.
A hearing instrument specialist can help you get to the root of your potential hearing loss. Learn how or arrange an appointment today with Hearing Specialists. You can call us at the following numbers:
- Burlington: 336-226-4202
- Asheville: 828-298-9174
- Kernersville: 336-993-6887
- Hendersonville: 828-696-4862
- Winston-Salem: 336-377-3715