Getting older is no fun. Most of us find that as we get older, our bodies change in many ways – some good, some not so good. Oftentimes, these changes occur very gradually over time and are almost unnoticeable until it’s too late. Being able to recognize these changes and proactively curb their effects becomes important to maintaining a quality standard of life.
As we grow older, the ability to hear with the same clarity we had when we were younger often deteriorates. Over time, sounds become more muffled, voices become less clear and understanding the noises we hear becomes just a little more difficult to understand. According to the latest statistics, approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74, and nearly half of those older than 75, has hearing loss. Those numbers make age-related hearing loss one of the most common conditions affecting older adults.
How Do Most People Cope with Hearing Loss?
Many people with hearing loss simply adjust their lifestyle to hide their hearing loss. As a result, they begin removing themselves from social situations and avoiding conversations with others, unless absolutely necessary. Not only can hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, but it can lead to greater issues. For instance, difficulty hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings, or hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Fortunately, for most folks, hearing aids can help to combat many of the effects of age-related hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss most often occurs in both ears, affecting them equally. Because the loss is gradual, if you have age-related hearing loss, you may not realize that you’ve lost some of your ability to hear. Therefore, by understanding the potential challenges your hearing loss can cause, and what you can do to counter it, you can dramatically change your life for the better and make your golden years as good as they can be.
How to Know if You Need Hearing Aids
Here are twelve signs that can help you determine that your hearing loss has progressed to the point that hearing aids might benefit you:
- Telephone - If you find the volume setting on your phone is always at or near max, and you still have trouble understanding some voices, it's highly likely you have treatable hearing loss.
- T.V. - The dialog in movies being masked by the soundtrack indicates a problem in your ability to focus on speech in noise, which is a symptom of hearing loss. Turning up the volume until family and friends complain is also a sure sign hearing aids will help you.
- Intimate conversation – If whispers and softly spoken words have become impossible to understand if the speaker is more than an arm's length away, you’re missing out on some of life’s best moments because of hearing loss.
- Vehicle conversation – When road noise strains road-trip conversations, especially between front seat and back seat passengers, there’s a problem. It’s time to check both the vehicle and your ears.
- Restaurants - Choosing where to dine by ambient noise levels, rather than food quality, is a coping mechanism common in the hearing-impaired community. Wearing hearing aids with advanced noise reduction can be a huge help in difficult listening environments.
- Activities – Are your habits changing because of your hearing? When your favorite pastime becomes more work than fun it may be due to all the effort you are putting in just to hear and keep your head in the game.
- Asking people to repeat – If asking “What?” is becoming a chore for you and an irritant to friends and family the ‘best’ time to do something about your hearing problem has already passed.
- Children – As a group, children voices have more high frequency components than any other. And since high frequency hearing loss is the most common type, hearing aids can make understanding the youngsters around you possible again.
- Reading lips - Although everyone reads lips to some degree, hearing-impaired people come to depend on it. If you experience difficultly understanding the person speaking if they are not facing you than you may be using eyesight to compensate for hearing loss. Wearing hearing aids makes it easier to focus on the speaker’s eyes instead of their lips.
- Alarms - Electric devices have become such a big part of life we've come to depend on them. Unfortunately, the way these devises communicate with us is through high frequency tones, beeps, clicks, etc. High frequency hearing loss, from noise damage and aging, is by far the most common type of hearing loss. You may notice missing what the surrounding machines are saying more than the surrounding people.
- Antisocial behavior - Your lifestyle takes a hit if you are avoiding people due the effort it takes to hold a conversation. It is well documented that long-term hearing loss negatively affects social, psychological, and cognitive functions.
- Happiness – Most people derive pleasure from interacting with loved ones, participating in group activities, and a lifetime of earning a comfortable living. Untreated hearing loss puts these positive aspects of our lives at risk.
Not only are hearing aids becoming more powerful and affordable, but they are also a proven solution to help improve your communications with loved ones, hear your electronic devices and enjoy quality time in your favorite restaurants!
At Advanced Affordable Hearing, treating hearing loss is now easier and less expensive than ever. Our hearing aids are pre-programmed to accomodate the most common forms of hearing loss, so you won't even need to visit an audiologist to purchase a pair. Instead, simply visit our Online Hearing Check to gauge what level of hearing loss you may be experiencing, and then you'll be ready to order the perfect pair of hearing aids for you.
To begin your journey to hearing better, contact us now.
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