Is it Time to Consider Hearing Aids?
Conditions relating to lost hearing are among the most common in modern society, with around 50 million Americans suffering from hearing loss as we speak. However, only a small percentage allow themselves to get the support they deserve by wearing hearing aids. So, is it time for you to consider the prospect of wearing assistive hearing devices?
The fact that you’re reading this post already suggests that there is a strong possibility hearing aids are required. This guide should provide greater clarity.
Who are hearing aids for?
While most people associate hearing aids with the elderly, the truth of the matter is that they are for anyone suffering from hearing loss or related issues. In fact, 15% of children are believed to fall into this category, underlining that there is no lower age limit to consider.
Hearing aids aren’t only for treating hearing loss. They can be used to help manage symptoms of tinnitus along with problems caused by an imbalance of pressure in the ears. If you have any ear-related condition, there is a good chance you will find hearing aids to be a suitable treatment.
Signs that you may require hearing aids
One of the worst things about hearing loss is that it’s challenging for other people to detect. After all, it’s not like other health conditions where visible symptoms will surface. As such, you need to take responsibility and stay vigilant to the signs that your hearing has deteriorated.
It is possible that symptoms will surface due to a wax buildup, a virus, or exposure to loud noises. However, if the problems persist, hearing loss is probable. If you’ve noticed any of the following, now is the time to act:
- Struggling to understand people when they talk, especially women and children;
- Struggling to follow group conversations, particularly in outdoor environments;
- Increasing the volume of the TV/radio to a higher level than your loved ones;
- Struggling to follow conversations when you can’t see the other person;
- Finding yourself exhausted at the end of the day even when you haven’t been active;
- Realizing that you’ve started to avoid social situations.
Again, there are other possible reasons for these issues, including temporary hearing problems. Still, when hearing loss is the root of the troubles, hearing aids are the most common treatment.
The benefits of wearing aids
Hearing loss can impact your life in many different ways, many of which you won’t even consciously notice. Wearing hearing aids can reduce the influence of your condition to restore a sense of normality. Some of the benefits include:
- Communicate with loved ones, colleagues, and strangers with greater ease;
- Prevent (or at least slow the rate of) progressive damage;
- Feel safer, not least because you’ll hear alarms and other warning signs;
- Regain self-confidence, especially in social situations;
- Connect hearing aids with electronic devices via Bluetooth for greater comfort;
- Avoid tinnitus, headaches, and other conditions caused in part by hearing loss.
Conversely, if you leave the hearing loss undetected and untreated, it will progressively get worse. Hearing loss is defined by four stages (mild, moderate, severe, and profound) while the damage is irreversible. So, getting hearing aids is advised even if you only have a mild loss.
Which hearing aids are right for you?
No two people have identical hearing profiles. Likewise, your personal lifestyle will influence the choice of hearing aids. There are many different brands and models to consider, but hearing aids commonly fall into one of three categories:
- Behind-the-ear devices where there casing and receiver sit behind the ear while a rubber tube sends the sound to an ear mold that sits in the ear.
- In-the-ear devices where the entire unit sits in the ear. They are less visible, but are only suited to the less severe hearing loss cases.
- In-the-canal hearing aids are the smallest available and offer discreetness and a natural listening experiencing.
There are pros and cons to each option while advancements in tech and device create a far more natural appearance than in previous generations. Meanwhile, advanced features enable users to get a tailored product that improves their daily life with far greater results. From wind reduction to Hearing Assistive Technology Systems connectivity, those additional features can work wonders.
Your personal situation will dictate which type of hearing aid device is right for you, and a professional audiologist is the right professional to help you find the best solution.
Book your hearing test today
The first step to getting the right type of hearing aids is to let the audiologist conduct a thorough hearing test before discussing the results and options with you. Book your appointment with Advantage Hearing & Audiology by calling us at: