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Hearing Loss Can Affect Quality of Vacations

by April Maguire

We all enjoy getting out of the routine of daily life and taking a vacation to somewhere fun and relaxing. Sadly, recent research has shown that people who are hard of hearing often struggle while on vacation. Many vacation destinations involve areas with large crowds and background noise, which can present problems for individuals with hearing loss, and guided tours require you to be able to accurately hear what your guide is saying.

Due to these difficulties, many people with hearing loss regularly adjust their vacation plans. Among the more than 2,000 individuals recently surveyed by Amplifon, a health care company that specializes in hearing issues, a staggering 40% said that they had adjusted vacation plans to avoid cities or activities where their hearing loss may present a problem. Additionally, more than 30% said that hearing loss made them anxious about visiting new places, and 25% reported that they were less adventurous during their vacations.

Treating Hearing Loss

Although hearing impairment can greatly impact your quality of life, it is often a highly manageable issue. For starters, getting your hearing checked regularly by a trained audiologist will help to warn you if your hearing is diminishing. If you are having a noticeable amount of trouble hearing, then audio assistive devices, such as hearing aids, can allow you to regain some of your hearing ability and, perhaps more importantly, help to slow down the rate of hearing loss so that you can preserve as much of your natural hearing ability as possible.

Also, while some amount of hearing loss is due to advancing age, more and more people nowadays are suffering from what is known as noise-induced hearing loss. With this condition, the hearing receptors in your inner ear become damaged after being exposed to excessively loud noises for prolonged periods of time. In order to avoid this prevalent type of hearing loss, be aware of how much sound you're exposing your ears to. In particular, you want to make sure you wear hearing protection if you work in a noisy work place, and you should also limit your sound exposure in loud venues, such as clubs and bars.

Nobody wants to miss out on a fun vacation because of hearing impairment. But more than that, you want to make sure that hearing issues don't impact your day-to-day life. If you worry that your hearing ability is becoming diminished, contact a trained audiologist in your area and schedule a hearing screening.

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!

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