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Hearing Loss

Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves often? Do you catch yourself turning the volume up on the radio or TV? If you notice these types of behaviors, it might be time to get your hearing checked. Read on to learn more about the signs of hearing loss and what you can do about it.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

There are several signs of hearing loss, but a few telltale signs that we want our readers to be aware of. 

  • Turning the radio or TV volume up.
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise.
  • Asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Making excuses when asking people to repeat themselves, like “I was facing the other direction” or “You were mumbling”.

At some point, these behaviors become abnormal. Sure, we all occasionally mishear someone or ask someone to repeat themself. However, when you find yourself doing these things almost daily, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

Do you think your family member is suffering from hearing loss?

If you begin to observe signs of hearing loss in your loved one, it’s time to say something. Hearing loss symptoms can be mistaken for other health problems, like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. A hearing test can confirm if hearing loss is the culprit. Following a hearing test, we can determine what type of treatment or protection your loved one might need.

Hearing test concept. Result of hearing exam – audiogram, hearing aids and otoscope on the table, view from above.

What about hearing aids?

Hearing aids have come along way in their design and functionality. Many of our patients are hesitant to get their hearing tested because they know it will ultimately lead to hearing aids. However, once they see how sleek and functional modern hearing aids are, they quickly change their minds. The most important thing to know is that hearing aids work! If you’re suffering with hearing loss today, it can get much better!

What are the dangers of putting off hearing loss treatment?

If the auditory nerve is not properly stimulated, there will be a decrease in a person’s ability to hear speech. At this point, there’s only so much we can do. Hearing aids can certainly help but will not reverse the damage that has already been done. That is why regular nerve stimulation is important to ward off hearing loss. Getting your hearing tested and treated, if necessary, will help maintain healthy auditory nerve stimulation.

Hearing loss should be taken seriously. There are different ways to treat hearing loss, and just because one person gets fitted for hearing aids does not mean you will too. The first step is getting a full evaluation and hearing test. This will allow us to get to know you and your symptoms, and the affects hearing loss has on your life. Only then will we be able to determine the best option for you. It’s important you know there are options, and your hearing can be improved!

If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from hearing loss, you can greatly benefit from the Audiology Center of St. Johns blog! Stay tuned for our next post.