Hearing Loss Information
Hearing is an essential part of our lives, enabling us to communicate with others and engage in the world around us. Most of us at some point in our life are affected by loss of hearing. Generally it is a gradually progression and we may not realize the extent of our hearing loss until a particular event or it dawns on us that we are just not hearing well.
Hearing loss cannot be reversed, but addressing it in the early stages can lessen the deterimental effects that it can have on your life. Unfortunately many people that suffer with hearing loss refuse to admit that they have a problem or are ashamed of their condition. This can lead to social isolation which can lead to depression and anxiety. Extended lack of hearing can also lead to a higher risk of dementia or alzheimers.
Your relationships with others can be impacted negatively when you have hearing loss. You and your companions, friends, and co-workers become frustrated with need to repeat things cannot be heard.
These are just some of the many reasons that it is important not to delay treatment if you are dealing with hearing loss.
How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
Signs that you may have hearing loss include:
- Having to ask others to repeat themselves often.
- Difficulty following conversations with background noise or in group situation.
- Finding children’s and women’s voices difficult to hear.
- Having the TV or radio turned up louder than normal.
- The perception that others are mumbling
- Difficulty hearing people on the phone
- Avoiding social situations
- Exhaustion after attending social events
If you find yourself experiencing more than one of the symptons listed above, please schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation. There is no obligation to purchase hearing aids, but you will understand why you are having difficulties and if you need to consider hearing aids. Call (970) 628-4927 to schedule your appointment.