Sometimes it is easier to blame a noisy environment, workplace, or others, than admit that we have hearing loss. Hearing loss generally occurs over an extended period of time, it can be easy to miss.
How We Hear
There are three main parts to the human ear. The outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear
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MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS
In recent years there have been tremendous advances in the understanding of hearing and the technologies utilized to correct hearing loss. Many common assumptions about hearing aids are outdated and wrong.
Hearing loss may occur gradually enough that you may not notice it right away. As your hearing decreases, you may compensate for it by increasing the volume or asking folks to repeat themselves. Denial is a common initial reaction to hearing loss, followed by blaming others for mumbling or turning the volume of the TV too low. We all can be stubborn at times, but if your friends or family are telling you that you have hearing loss, you probably do.
Normal hearing people don’t need to convince others that “I can hear fine!”
Fact: Maybe to you it isn’t worth it, but just ask the people around you how they feel. It can be frustrating for your family when they constantly have to repeat themselves. Hearing loss can lead to frustration, social withdrawal, and depression — even dementia. The best solution is to deal with hearing loss rather than act like it’s not a problem.
Fact: Hearing loss usually gets worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: they call it “auditory deprivation”. The longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more speech understanding you’ll lose that may never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved. And the longer you live with hearing loss, the harder it is to adjust to using hearing aids.
Sure, you can take this approach. But, when people realize that they constantly have to repeat themselves to interact with you, they tend to save themselves the trouble by avoiding you.
The right way to turn up the volume to use properly fit hearing aids!
People resent being burdened when they know that you could just as easily help yourself.
Fact: Hearing aids work for almost everyone, but only if you are fit the correct technology from a competent hearing professional.
Will the cheap hearing aids that you can buy online without a proper hearing evaluation, fitting or adjustment from a hearing professional improve your hearing? Not likely.
On the other hand, if you work with your hearing specialist to find the right hearing aid, properly programmed for your specific hearing loss, fit and adjusted to your unique lifestyle, your hearing aids will almost certainly help you hear better.
Fact: Not any more. It’s true that older models were large, and there were few options. Today you can choose from dozens of behind the ear, in ear or in the ear canal models. The newest models are sleek and small, with some types that fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible.
Fact: First, hearing loss affects people of all ages. Second, if you are experiencing hearing loss, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, missing parts of the conversation and then responding inappropriately… that is what makes you seem old! Stay young by hearing clearly and participating in conversations with confidence.
Fact: You can save money by buying just one eyeglass lens or just one shoe, but we wouldn’t recommend either. There’s a reason you have two ears; you use them both to locate the source of sounds and to hear speech clearly regardless of the direction it’s coming from. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids.
Fact: Some modern flat-screen High Definition TVs retail for more than $8,000, but the millions of people who buy these don’t think they are too expensive. It’s all about value.
Hearing clearly is part of staying healthy, happy and active. How much is that worth to you? The hearing specialists at Manan Hearing will recommend the hearing aid options that best match your hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget.