Hearing loss can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate because of age, gender, demographic background or ethnicity. In addition to the noticeable signs of hearing loss, including asking for repetition or saying “What?” there are some warning signs that are not as obvious. One of the most challenging aspects of hearing loss is the gradual progression in which it appears for some patients. Research shows it takes more than seven years from the time a patient notices they have to....
With the addition of hearing aids to chain stores, there are more places than ever to purchase such devices. Making it even more complicated, there are also different levels of hearing health care professionals capable of working with individuals who have hearing loss, including audiologists and hearing instrument specialists. Understanding the key differences between these professionals will allow patients to make more educated decisions regarding their hearing health.
One of the most common questions I get after recommending hearing aid technology to a patient is: Why are they so expensive? This question not only stems from pricing advertised by local hearing healthcare providers, but also over-
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Hearing loss can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate because of age, gender, demographic background or ethnicity. In addition to the noticeable signs of hearing loss, including asking for repetition or saying “What?” there are some warning signs that are not as obvious.
One of the most challenging aspects of hearing loss is the gradual pro-
seek treatment. Because of this gradual nature, hearing loss is able to stay hidden for a longer time compared to other health issues.
There are several warning signs for hearing loss. They have been divided into social, emotional and medical signs. These categories are not limited to the examples listed below.
These signs are so important because if left untreated, hearing loss can have numerous negative consequences, the most important being potential health impacts. These include, but are not limited to, headaches, muscle tension and increased stress and blood-
Additionally, negative emotions often plague adults with hearing loss. These include feeling inadequate, awkward, embarrassed, different or abnormal. The desire to hide hearing aids often arises from feelings of shame. Hearing aids are a visible reminder that someone is “different.” However, the stress of living with hearing loss can lead to distrust, sadness, depression, anger, isolation, poor self-
Too often guilt can be thrown into the emotional mix of hearing loss. Many individuals take on the responsibility of their hearing loss and blame themselves for the misunderstandings hearing loss causes, even becoming over-
While individuals may know they have hearing loss and are aware of the negative impacts hearing loss can have on their lives, many are unwilling to pursue hearing aids because they might make them look “old.” Here is something to consider: Hearing loss is more noticeable, when left untreated, than hearing aids.
If you or someone you know has hearing loss and you are ready to take the next step, contact a Doctor of Audiology. An audiologist will take the time to complete a full diagnostic evaluation and make appropriate recommendations for such treatment. It’s never too soon to hear the world around you better.
Dr. Tiffany Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Specialist.