Anytime a person’s health changes, the future can suddenly become frightening. Hearing loss is certainly no exception. Throughout your life, you’ve come to rely on your hearing to guide you away from danger, facilitate communication with other people, and generally enable you to enjoy the world around you. Being faced with hearing loss can lead to a lot of uncertainty, but rest assured; any questions you have are completely normal.
The following are some frequently asked questions that may help you:
How do I know if I’m losing my hearing?
Hearing loss can be tricky to identify because it often occurs very gradually over time and often isn’t associated with any type of pain or discomfort. You may have adapted to a minimized ability to hear without even realizing it, and your family members have probably done the same. While it’s important to see a professional if you suspect you’re not hearing as well as you used to, there are some typical signs to look for:
- You turn the volume up on the TV higher than others in your household
- You often ask people to repeat conversations
- You misinterpret instructions or directions
- You have difficulty having conversations over the phone
Wouldn’t my physician have told me if I have hearing loss?
Unfortunately, most family doctors don’t test for hearing loss as part of regular exams, and because it’s usually very quiet in doctors’ offices, people who are experiencing minimized hearing usually don’t notice a problem when they’re speaking with their practitioners. It typically takes a trained hearing professional to identify hearing loss, which is why it’s important to seek assistance if you suspect auditory issues.
Are there different types of hearing loss?
Yes. Each type has different causes, which may include exposure to excessive noise, birth defects, infections, aging, and reactions to certain types of medical treatments. The three types of hearing loss are:
By age 65, about one-third of people experience some type of hearing loss.
Will a hearing aid improve my quality of life?
Hearing aids are designed to give you access to soft sounds you’re not able to hear without them. You might be amazed at the things you didn’t even realize you couldn’t hear! They’re also built to prevent sounds from becoming uncomfortably loud, enabling you to enjoy conversations and the world around you with hearing that’s as natural and optimal as possible.
The discreet design of today’s hearing aids enhances patients’ communication, confidence, and participation in social activities.
At U.S. Hearing Solutions, we’re here to help patients who are facing hearing loss, or those who may have questions about a loved one’s difficulty hearing. We invite you to schedule an appointment at one of our locations so our hearing experts can provide personalized information that’s relevant for your unique situation.