Have you ever been driving down the interstate and had someone in the car tell you “your blinker’s still on!” Time and again, I have found myself in that position. Consequently, and with no lack of annoyance, I turn my blinker off. We often don’t know what we’re not hearing. Could it be that your granddaughter is trying to tell you something and after you’ve asked her to repeat herself one too many times, she says, “Oh, never mind.” OH! The frustration!
DO YOU SUSPECT A HEARING LOSS? What is it that keeps you from knowing for sure? Do you find it embarrassing to talk openly about not being able to hear? Do you think you’re too young for hearing devices? Maybe you’re afraid to reveal your hearing loss in case it jeopardizes your job. Are you worried you might appear less competent if someone finds out? Ask yourself, are you cutting out activities that you used to love but can no longer fully enjoy? Do you ever find yourself “bluffing” when you’re out with friends in a noisy restaurant?
JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. On average it takes people seven years from the time they initially think they might have a hearing loss to the time when they actually seek treatment. Men are also less likely to seek answers than women but are five times more likely to have a hearing loss! What a shame to miss out on so much for so long! At age 65, one in three people have a hearing loss and it is estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss!
- have trouble hearing in groups?
- think others mumble?
- fail to hear someone talking from behind you?
- have trouble hearing your alarm clock?
- have difficulty hearing your television or while at the movies?
“Sometimes I hear just fine” or, “I don’t really think I have a hearing loss” are common comments we hear quite often. Well, the bottom line is that the only way to know for sure is to have a comprehensive hearing test.
Choose to do something positive for your brain health by choosing to do something about your hearing! (By the way, did you know you hear with your brain and not your ears?)
Often you can choose to go to an audiologist directly without seeing your doctor. When you do begin looking for someone, make sure they are doing more than a quick screening of your hearing. Finding an Audiologist you are comfortable with and who will work with you until you get optimum results for your hearing loss, is vital. It is important to note that hearing healthcare professionals do not recommend purchasing hearing aids by mail, online or by telephone order, as it is unlikely it will result in a successful fitting or follow up adjustments to the hearing aids.
Remember, the most expensive hearing devices are those forgotten in your drawer somewhere and “quality never costs as much as the money it saves”!