For the last several years, you have worn your hearing aids faithfully, and been able to hear as well, or more honestly almost as well as before you had hearing loss. You have heard your colleagues speak in meetings, your kids and grandkids laughter, your loved one’s voice in a crowded restaurant, and the television at an acceptable level. But recently, you may have noticed that your hearing is not what it recently was. Your hearing aids are chirping, they feel clogged or muffled, or you might be back to blaring the volume on your television again. Hearing aids wear out, and knowing when to replace yours can save you and your loved ones a lot of frustration.
Headphones are part of everyday life, whether we are wearing headphones while working out or pulling them out of our teenager’s ears to ask them a question. With our world being so wired, headphones are how we listen to music, get our news via podcasts, watch Netflix, and often even communicate at work. While headphones are an ubiquitous part of our world, they do not come without risk. Headphones pose a danger to hearing for several reasons, but there are ways to prevent the damage.
When people think of growing older, they often think that losing their hearing is simply part of the process. While the incidence of hearing loss does increase with age, it stems from several factors and can often be prevented or slowed.
From the time we are born, we are social beings. We respond to our mother’s voice, then learn to communicate with our friends and teachers as we grow up. As adults, most of us create a social network, and open communication helps ensure that we maintain healthy and loving relationships.
Living with hearing loss can feel isolating, like you are the only person in the world who cannot hear a conversation in a crowded restaurant or a loved one’s whisper. As isolating as it feels, hearing loss actually affects millions of Americans of all ages, including some well known people that might be surprising.
Hearing should be effortless, something that comes as naturally as seeing a traffic light or smelling cookies fresh out of the oven. If you have untreated hearing loss, listening is far from effortless. Hearing becomes hard work when you have untreated hearing loss, and can have actual physical consequences over time. “Listening fatigue” is being recognized as a real effect of hearing loss, and knowing more about it can help you to avoid or lessen its impact.
You would not wear one lens in your glasses or one good shoe and one flip flop, so why would you wear one hearing aid? If you have established that you have hearing loss, maybe you are moving on to the thought of investing in a hearing aid. If your hearing loss is more pronounced in one ear, a tempting idea might be to just get one hearing aid for one ear. We have the facts behind why correcting hearing loss in both ears is vital. In the case of hearing aids, two are almost always better than one!
We all kid about forgetting where we placed our keys or about how long we looked for the glasses that were literally on top of our heads. Everyone forgets something occasionally, especially when we are tired or have a lot on our plate.
Hearing aids have come a long way since the days when they simply made everything painfully loud for your grandfather. Those hearing aids tended to be bulky and cumbersome, often painful to wear, and distracting with all of their audible screeches and whistles.
Sounds seem further away, and you might feel like your friends and family are suddenly whispering. Your cell phone has become increasingly hard to talk on, and you keep wondering if your television is starting to wear out because the volume is never loud enough.
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