Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss
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Roughly 50 million Americans of all ages have hearing loss. Have you been having a hard time hearing in places with a lot of background noise? You may struggle to communicate with family and friends, miss important details at work, or feel isolated and alone. Hearing loss can affect your personal and professional life, and increase your risk of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.
Who Experiences Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is more common among seniors, but people of all ages have hearing loss. Many adults in their 40s and 50s have hearing loss that is impacting their personal and professional lives. Hearing loss can be part of the natural aging process, but it can also be caused by exposure to loud noise. Listening to very loud music with headphones or working on a noisy job site can lead to hearing loss. An illness or injury can also cause hearing loss in people of any age.
Living with Hearing Loss is Hard
Hearing loss can have a profound impact on your quality of life. Living with untreated hearing loss makes it hard to have a conversation with your loved ones. Your social life becomes stressful, and you may feel embarrassed when you ask people to repeat themselves. Work is more challenging, and you struggle to communicate effectively with your boss and your coworkers. Even your personal life changes when you have hearing loss. It’s hard to share meaningful moments with your loved ones when you can’t hear what’s being said.
Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss
The first step in getting your life back is to acknowledge the reality of your hearing loss. Do you have a hard time hearing on the phone? Have you been turning up the volume on the TV and radio? Have you started asking your loved ones to repeat themselves over and over again? It’s time to face the facts, and admit that you have hearing loss.
Regardless of your age or the cause of your hearing loss, acknowledging the reality of hearing loss is very important. Hearing loss can hurt your relationships, cause depression, increase your risk of an accident, and even lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Admitting that you have hearing loss and treating your hearing loss with hearing aids can improve your relationships and your mood, make you a better communicator, and keep your brain active and healthy.
Facing the Stigma of Hearing Loss
It can be hard to acknowledge that you have hearing loss. You first have to admit to yourself that you’re not hearing as well as you used to, and then come to terms with the fact that your hearing isn’t as sharp as it was when you were younger. You will also need to overcome the stigma around hearing loss. You may think that only seniors have hearing loss, and you’re not ready to have people think of you as old.
Acknowledging hearing loss and seeking treatment is the first step towards a whole new outlook. When hearing aids help you hear all the sounds around you, you can easily participate in conversations, catch every word being said, and live life to the fullest. No one will think of you as old, and all they’ll talk about is how well you’re able to hear.
Treating Hearing Loss
After you’ve acknowledged that you have hearing loss, talk about your hearing loss with family or close friends. Make an appointment with a hearing health specialist to learn more about your hearing loss. Start with a comprehensive hearing test so you can find out exactly what sounds you’re missing. Then explore your hearing aid options!
Modern hearing aids are sleek, beautiful devices with incredible programs and settings. Some devices are so small they sit within your ear canal and they’re almost invisible. Hearing aids can be controlled with a smartphone app, and many will automatically switch between programs and settings as the sounds around you change. Some hearing aids even offer Bluetooth connectivity, and you can stream phone calls and audio right to your hearing aids for even better hearing.
As you acknowledge your hearing loss and explore your next steps, visit us for a hearing test and learn more about how our hearing services can benefit you.