Exercising more, eating healthier food, and quitting a bad habit are three of the most common goals at the beginning of the year. Achieving those goals can have a positive impact on personal health and happiness. Even more important for your overall quality of life is your ability to hear.
Untreated hearing loss can cause miscommunication and conflict in relationships, and it can lead to depression and early-onset dementia. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, but you’ve been reluctant to seek help, it’s time to make a change – scheduling a professional hearing evaluation is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
An audiologist may use several types of non-invasive tests to assess your ability to hear sounds, frequencies, and speech, as well as how your auditory system processes sound. After testing, your audiologist will explain the results and may offer a few different recommendations on how best to manage any hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Solutions
Hearing devices don’t just amplify sound. They are complex instruments that can improve sound modulation, richness, and clarity. Over the years, the technology that powers hearing instruments has become more sophisticated, while the devices have become smaller (some modern devices fit completely inside the ear canal).
Even if you have mild hearing loss, a hearing instrument can greatly improve your quality of life. Until you experience your world with a new hearing device, you may not realize how much your hearing has declined. Often, what people notice immediately after getting their new hearing instruments is the sound of birds chirping, or wind blowing through the trees – sounds that became inaudible at some point in the past.
Adjusting to Hearing Instruments
Your brain stores information about sounds – even sounds that you haven’t been able to detect for several years. The longer hearing loss is left untreated, the weaker that retained information becomes.
When you first start wearing hearing instruments, your brain may recall and recognize sounds, or it may have “forgotten” a sound and have to relearn how to process it. Until the brain can adequately process sound, you may find that the influx of sound is overwhelming. During this initial phase, your audiologist may recommend gradually increasing your hearing instrument usage, starting with just a few hours a day.
A Change for the Better
It’s not easy to confront your own hearing loss, but getting a professional evaluation and improving your hearing can enhance your health and happiness.
Are you ready to take the next step? You can start by taking our online hearing assessment.