By Dr. Jacki Reider, Board Certified Audiologist
Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked people to repeat themselves, experienced difficulty hearing in the presence of noise, or feel embarrassed because you misunderstand what others are saying? If your hand is in the air, then you need a hearing test! Other symptoms of hearing loss include a family history of hearing loss, a history of noise exposure or difficulty following conversations involving more than two people.
What Should I Do Now?
So, what’s the next step? First, find an Audiologist you can trust and feel comfortable with. Treating hearing loss is a process and it’s easier if your Audiologist makes the process as seamless as possible. Second, get to know your options. Your audiologist should educate you on your treatment choices and your treatment goals should be a collaboration between you and your Audiologist. Third, keep your family and friends involved in the treatment process. Hearing loss affects them too and realistic expectations should be understood by everyone. Finally, treating hearing loss means lifelong follow-up and care by your Audiologist. That is the essential to long-term success.
The Sooner You Check Your Hearing, The Better
The sooner hearing loss is diagnosed and treated, the more successful the treatment will be. Untreated hearing loss can affect many aspects of your everyday life, such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and being socially withdrawn. Untreated hearing loss can not only affect your emotional health but if can affect your physical health as well. Some studies show that untreated hearing loss is linked to high blood pressure, heart health as well as cognitive decline. A recent study stated that those with an untreated hearing loss experience a 30 to 40 percent larger decline in thinking abilities compared to those with treated hearing loss or no hearing loss at all. Nobody wants to not hear the world around them, AND lose their cognitive function too!
If you raised your hand to any of the signs of hearing loss, schedule an audiological consultation today!