The generation of Baby Boomers who grew up listening to loud rock music is now entering the era of hearing loss. It’s an affliction affecting aging people, and it usually comes on quite gradually. Hearing loss is difficult, but it’s not the end of the world. Technology offers various ways to cope.
Visit an Audiologist
It’s crucial to visit an audiologist and have your actual hearing loss evaluated. Your primary care physician can recommend a good audiologist, or you may receive recommendations from friends with hearing loss.
Hearing aids make a huge difference in your quality of life. Visit a hearing professional for testing and to purchase the right hearing aids for your situation. The professional should thoroughly explain the different types of hearing aids available and their features. Make sure you understand how to operate the hearing aids, how to replace batteries, and how to care for them. You may have to try a few before you find the best fit. Most hearing aid retailers allow a 30 day trial before completion of the purchase. Avoid any retailers that do not offer trials. Every state has consumer protection laws regarding hearing aids – find out the statutes in your state prior to making a purchase.
Assistive technology helps you live as normally and independently as possible. It runs the gamut from captioned telephone systems to listening systems installed in movie theaters and other public places.
Install devices in your home that get your attention if the smoke detector goes off or the doorbell rings. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors designed for the hearing-impaired give off low frequency sounds, as the higher pitch in standard detectors are hard to hear. You can also wear a wristband that vibrates if the alarm goes off, the telephone rings, or someone pushes the buzzer on your door.
Let Others Know
Don’t be embarrassed by your hearing loss. Let others know that you can’t hear that well, so that they may speak up in your presence and otherwise make those minor accommodations. The truth is that those close to you may already suspect you have hearing issues if you aren’t wearing hearing aids. A very loud television is a dead giveaway, as is having to raise their voice to get your attention. Enjoy life and conversations – just let folks know you need a little extra help.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hearing loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!