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Hearing Loss Treatment

We see it often - in our offices, in our homes, in our communities. Many people don't seek treatment for hearing loss and there are several reasons why.  We found the following article on www.healthyhearing.com and think it describes exactly what many patients are feeling. Can you relate to them? If so, come into one of our offices and we'll be happy to help you understand that there's nothing to fear when being treated for hearing loss.

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Top Three Reasons People Don't Seek Treatment for Hearing Loss

When we watch loved ones struggle with hearing loss, it can be frustrating when they won't seek treatment, especially when it's obvious to you that they could benefit from getting their hearing checked. The reasons people do not seek treatment for their hearing loss are pretty common across the board. Here are the top three, in no particular order:

"Hearing loss treatment means getting hearing aids."

Many people living with hearing loss are resistant to even have their hearing assessed by an audiologist because oftentimes, they equate hearing loss with hearing aids. And, they have many reasons to resist wearing hearing aids, including:

  • "Hearing aids make me look old."
  • "They are much too expensive. I can't afford one, let alone two devices."
  • "Anyway, hearing aids don't work. My friend Helen tried them and there were too many problems with them. It was better for her just to not wear them."

what is hearing loss keeping you fromHearing aids can be affordable and many new models are so discreet that people won't notice you're wearing them, thereby keeping you from looking old. Also, hearing aids take a lot of work to adjust to - often several audiologist visits in the first few months. They don't work correctly off-the-shelf but must be programmed.

However, while hearing aids might eventually be necessary, hearing loss treatment doesn't just mean hearing aids. There are other assistive listening devices available for particular situations, which your audiologist can walk you through. He or she can also give you tips and tactics to have better communication and relationships with hearing loss, and can suggest speechreading courses or resources.

Hearing loss treatment doesn't equate hearing aids, though they can potentially help a lot. But either way, it's important to get your hearing checked and treated in some way. Untreated hearing loss has been shown to correlate highly with isolation, depression and dementia, and you'll find that your quality of life improves once you seek hearing loss treatment. Also, your hearing loss may be due to ear wax buildup or another issue.

"I hear just fine."

Some people with hearing loss either don't realize they have it or are in denial. For some, it is a mix of both. Though it may seem strange that someone would not realize that he or she has hearing loss, it could happen. Hearing loss starts out with sounds being distorted – not getting softer. This means that consonant sounds that sound similar are more difficult to hear than others. This is problematic because in the English language, consonants sounds carry the meaning. The distortion of hearing loss can turn "sit" into "fit" in no time, obscuring meaning and leaving confusion.

Other times, when people say "I hear just fine," "I hear most things" or "I hear what I want to," they are in a state of denial. Having hearing loss often causes grieving and denial is just one step in the grieving process. They aren't yet ready to "admit" to themselves that they need treatment for their hearing loss. This may also involve projecting the problem, such as by accusing others of talking too softly or mumbling. Sometimes, people think that their hearing loss "isn't that bad" or isn't severe enough to warrant treatment. SOmetimes people don't realize what they're missing out on, like their grandchildren's squeals or birds chirping. However, it's always best to seek hearing loss treatment sooner rather than later.

"What does it matter, anyway?"

When people ask the above question, they are often in a state of exasperation, tired of hearing others mention their hearing loss. While they might agree that they are hard of hearing, they may think it's just a normal part of aging that people have to live with. However, those with this point of view often don't realize that untreated hearing loss negatively impacts their relationships and overall quality of life.

Others who ask the above might do so in a melancholic fashion, indicating that they lack motivation and are depressed.  Depression can result from being isolated from others due to hearing loss, or from a general state of aging and noticing that things have changed.

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Ideas To Improve Communication With Someone With Hearing Loss

 

 

Many times we find ourselves in a situation when someone we are speaking to can't clearly understand what we are saying. The room or area we are in may be noisy like a restaurant, on an airplane or it may be in a quiet room.  When this happens, the person we are speaking to may have varying levels of hearing loss and we may feel panicked about how best to communicate with them without offending them. This can be challenging so we've gathered some ideas of how to better communicate with someone with hearing loss. We hope it's helpful.


  • Don't SHOUT! - instead speak as clearly as possible maintaining your natural voice.
  • Make sure you have the person's full attention.
  • Look at the person when you speak and maintain eye contact.
  • Don't cover your mouth.
  • Don't repeat what you said, instead rephrase what you said.
  • Move to an area with less background noise and good lighting.
  • Don't speak to the person like they are a child. Respect is important.
  • Don't apologize to others for someone who can't hear well, or talk about them 'behind their back.'  They can usually hear, just not always as clearly as they'd like to.
  • Don't give up. Interpersonal relationships are important to everyone.


For business communication with someone who has hearing loss:
  • Email and texting are very efficient for important messages.
  • Don't expect a colleague to hear you clearly over a cell phone. Many times the connection is not clear.
  • Schedule meetings with as few people as possible to avoid competing voices and remember to speak one at a time.
  • Use all of the above suggestions for speaking face to face.

 

 

A New Resolution

 

 

 

With each new year, many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions. Some may resolve

to lose weight or to eat better. Some resolve to be kinder or to visit Grandma more.

Whatever your resolution is, we’re sure it’s a good one.

 


We’re well into the new year now. How are you doing with your resolutions? Are you

succeeding? We certainly hope so! We would like to suggest another resolution: To

take better care of your hearing.

 


Hearing is a very important part of our daily lives – one that often gets taken for

granted. You never know how much you appreciate and need it until you start to lose

it or it’s gone.

 

 

For this new year, we hope you will consider a resolution to take better care of your

hearing health. Here are a few tips to start:


1. Visit our office for a hearing test once a year.

2. Use ear protection when loud noises are present.

3. When listening to music with headphones, earbuds or speakers, turn it down.

4. Be aware of noises that are ‘too loud’ or last ‘too long’ and avoid them.

5. Take breaks when you are exposed to noise.

6. Don’t clean you ear canal with cotton swabs.

7. Don’t smoke. Smoking increases your risk of hearing loss.

8. Eat a healthy diet and keep your blood pressure under control.

9. Check medications for hearing risks.

10. Educate yourself on the signs of hearing loss.

 

We wish you the best of luck with your new resolutions and look forward to seeing

you in one of our offices soon!

 

 
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