Living With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is irreversible but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several things that you can do to improve your hearing and your quality of life:
Early detection is key! About one in four adults that report excellent hearing already has hearing loss. Regular hearing exams can often detect hearing loss before is able to notice any changes. The earlier a loss is identified, the more treatment options are available.
Address the loss! Technology has improved greatly in terms of functionality, design, and comfort. A hearing professional can help find the best technology for you and tailor it to your needs with programming and fittings. Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss, but in most cases, they can help hearing-impaired people live more fulfilling lives.
Know the benefits. Addressing your hearing loss can have a profound impact on your daily life. It can help improve cognitive functioning and relationships and increase your social engagement and independence.
Bring a friend. The help of a friend or family member can be an instrumental part of the hearing process. Bring them along to your hearing exams and fittings for a second set of ears and support.
Give it time. It may take the brain some time to adjust to processing the change in hearing sounds that it hasn’t heard in a while. Your hearing provider can give you some tips on how to ease this transition.
Follow-up. As with anything in life, your hearing is a process. Routine follow-up care will ensure that your hearing devices are clean and appropriately programmed and that you are using the most appropriate technology for your current needs.
No matter what stage of hearing loss you are experiencing, a hearing professional can help to ensure that you are doing everything possible to hear better!