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.
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.
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.
In 1961 mathematician Edward Lorenz wondered, “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” This idea resonates with people because we all know that seemingly insignificant actions can often trigger much larger reactions. When it comes to hearing loss, ...
Myths and misinformation abound about hearing loss. Whether you think that hearing loss is a normal part of aging, or that hearing aids will not work for you, knowing the truth about both enables you to make the smartest choice for your quality of life.
Whether it is the music blaring from your headphones or the surround sound in your neighborhood movie theater, loud noises are becoming increasingly commonplace in your everyday world. With loud noise becoming the norm, it is easy to underestimate the toll it can take on your ears and your hearing. Knowing how loud is too loud can both help you recognize the warning signs of hearing loss and prevent hearing loss.
Hearing is an important part of our daily lives. Whether we use it in our workplace, or with our family members at the dinner table, or with our friends, hearing colors every part of our lives. If you find that you have hearing loss, whether it is a slow deterioration or a sudden loss, you may notice some negative emotional and social impacts.
In science, a small or minute cause having rippling large effects is known as the butterfly effect. In theory, it means that the movement of a butterfly’s wings can cause a disturbance in the air sufficient to ultimately change a weather pattern or event. This part of the chaos theory can still be debated in scientific communities, but the butterfly effect can absolutely be true in certain circumstances. An example is with hearing loss. While untreated hearing loss may only affect one person in a family or a group, its effects ripple far beyond that single person.
Hearing loss often happens so gradually that people do not even realize that they are hearing fewer sounds. Crickets stop their summertime chirping. High heels stop clicking on tile floors. Voices sound faraway on the phone. Television shows become impossible to follow. Conversations require more repeating of words, and are often exhausting. By the time someone notices their hearing loss, they may have lived with it for so long that seeking treatment can be a challenge. People often put off getting help for hearing loss for several reasons.
The Colorado Ear Center is about more than hearing. We create personalized solutions designed to help you reconnect to the life you have worked so hard to build.