Everybody Hears Professional Hearing Centers believes in educating patients about their hearing loss.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is the inability to hear in either one or both ears. Hearing loss doesn’t mean the total absence of sound, in fact it can range from mild to severe. Hearing loss affects your ability to hear certain sounds and frequencies, which is why when you are in a crowded area you may notice that it is harder to hear, because of the mix of frequencies your brain is trying to hear.
At Everybody Hears Professional Hearing Centers, we can thoroughly test your hearing and help you understand your hearing loss. Carey is dedicated to educating our patients on the causes and effects of their hearing loss. It is important that you understand the effects hearing loss can have on your health and overall well-being. We will recommend a pair of hearing aids that will help you hear better and communicate your best again.
Why Is It Important to Treat Hearing Loss?
The longer you leave your hearing loss untreated the longer it will take for you to acclimate to hearing again. Often times, hearing loss occurs gradually, over a long period of time. You may not even notice you have hearing loss until you’ve already lost a substantial amount of your hearing abilities. A family member or a friend may point out that you are missing certain words in a conversation or you frequently respond “Huh?” or “What?” when they speak to you.
It’s crucial to treat your hearing loss at the first signs in order to preserve the hearing you have left and to prevent it from affecting your mental health. Many people don’t realize this, but we hear with our brain. We don’t hear when sound reaches the ear, but when it reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. The brain needs to hear in order to process information and to remain active and healthy. When you can’t hear well due to hearing loss, your brain doesn’t receive the stimulation it needs, which can result in cognitive decline.
The best way to prevent your hearing loss from worsening is to come to Everybody Hears Professional Hearing Centers. We can test your hearing and discover the cause of your hearing loss. We can also prescribe you with a pair of hearing aids that will help you hear the sounds you have been missing. The sooner you manage your hearing loss with hearing aids the better luck you will have regaining the sounds you’ve missed. Schedule your appointment today and start your journey to better hearing.
Tips for New Hearing Aid Wearers
- When you get your first pair of hearing aids there is often an adjustment period concerning your own voice. We have a proven technique that helps new hearing aid wearers to adjust gradually to hearing their own voice.
- While adjusting to new hearing aids, you may encounter a number of sounds that seem either unfamiliar or familiar yet different. We encourage you to figure out what the sound really is, then decide if it is important to listen to, such as a boiling tea kettle, or unimportant, such as the air conditioner shutting off. In this manner, you can learn to train your brain to understand what to listen to and what to dismiss as unimportant.
- It is also important when you do not recognize certain sounds to ask someone for help in properly identifying what the sound was. This can become a fun and exciting game as you rediscover sound cues and see how many of them you can correctly identify and how many you need help with.
- Don’t be afraid to ask those you live with to adjust their behavior to help you. For example, you can ask them to get your attention prior to beginning a conversation. Simply using your name, a gentle touch on the back of the hand, or muting the TV can go a long way in helping you get ready to communicate.
- If you are having trouble understanding something, try asking your conversation partner to rephrase what they said. Sometimes, it is a single word that makes the listener misunderstand; by using different words, the listener has a greater chance of getting the conversation right.
- When you are talking with someone, especially in a loud and noisy place, make sure you are looking at each other. When both ears of the listener are lined up with the mouth of the speaker, it makes it easier for the listener to get the conversation right.
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