If you weren’t born with hearing loss, it can happen due to a number of factors including age, genetics, head injuries, exposure to noises, or even from certain medications.
The chances of having hearing loss double for each decade of your life. One in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss, almost half over 75-years-old experience it, and four in five people who are at least 85 years old have some range of hearing loss.
There are five things you should do if you begin to notice hearing loss.
1. Get a hearing test
If you start to have difficulty with hearing, observe whether you show these common signs. The people who you interact with most often, i.e. your family, friends, and coworkers, may notice your hearing loss first. If that’s the case, get a hearing test as soon as possible.
2. Don’t ignore any signs
Hearing loss is a gradual process, so noticing any signs may not happen until there’s significant damage to your ability to hear. Ask yourself whether you need things to be repeated, or no longer hear things like birds, or rushing water.
Some signs are more obvious like mishearing crucial information, or not being able to follow along during discussions and activities.
Other problems that can occur as a result of hearing loss include anxiety, dementia, depression caused by social isolation, falls, and injuries that require hospitalization.
Receiving proper treatment shortly after your hearing test establishes that you have hearing loss is important in your journey towards better hearing. Studies have indicated that hearing aid users are less likely to suffer from anxiety, dementia, depression, and falls.
3. Get to the root of your hearing loss
The appointment with your hearing healthcare provider is where all questions about your hearing loss can be answered. Every hearing clinic is different, but the general gist goes as such:
If you have enough hearing loss that requires hearing aids, a follow-up appointment for a hearing aid fitting to try out will be scheduled. These devices are a very common treatment option for hearing loss.
To get the most out of them, a specialist should provide a thorough and proper fitting (this may include a custom molding for the earpiece or the use of standard domes for the receiver), programming, customize the settings, and demonstrate how to use and take care of the hearing aids.
Everyone’s hearing loss and lifestyle needs are unique, so there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to programming the devices and fitting them for each patient. Get a licensed professional who will work with you, understands you, and follows through with your requests.
5. Practice patience
It takes time to acclimate to your hearing aids, especially if you’ve waited years to get hearing aids. They should be worn everywhere you go, from the moment you wake to the moment you go to sleep - of course, this excludes any body of water or if you are going to be in a loud environment (wear earplugs).
With time and patience, you will realize that you should have gotten your hearing aids sooner.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.