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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Facts

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Hearing loss is a common condition. In fact, it’s estimated that around 48 million Americans experience it. But despite this number, many of us aren’t as aware of the symptoms as we could be. There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding hearing loss and the role of hearing aids and audiologists in combating it. And the unfortunate truth is that this lack of understanding can prevent people from getting the help and support they need from their audiologists. The support that can get them hearing with clarity once more, and feeling more in control of their lives, rather than feeling like a passive observer watching a TV show with the volume turned down. 

With that in mind, let’s bust some myths and misconceptions with some hearing loss and hearing aid facts:

Many people with hearing loss don’t even know that they have it

You know that feeling when you walk out of a bar or club into a quiet street, and it’s like someone has snuck up and stuffed cotton wool in your ears? Well, for many of us, hearing loss isn’t like that at all. This is the kind of hearing loss that hits hard but goes away quickly.

For most, however, hearing loss occurs much more slowly over a period of years or even decades. As such, they may experience hearing loss for years without noticing it because it sneaks up on them so slowly and incrementally. 

This is why it’s so important to get your hearing regularly tested by an audiologist. 

There are two main types of hearing loss

Hearing loss is a broad spectrum with a variety of causes. Many assume that because they don’t work in noisy environments or experience loud noises very often that they won’t get hearing loss. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are different types of hearing loss, including the most common:

  • Neurosensorial hearing loss: Caused by damage to the nerves and tiny hairs responsible for hearing.
  • Conductive hearing loss: Occurs when blockages or impediments prevent the eardrum from being able to conduct sound properly.

Being protected from one doesn’t necessarily mean being protected from the other. That’s why it’s so important to get an audiologist to check your ears regularly both to test your hearing and check for wax buildup or potential blockages in the ear.

We don’t have to live with hearing loss

By no means is hearing loss an inevitability, but as we get older, we become more likely to experience it. In fact, according to the NIDCD, one in three Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and just shy of half of all people 75 and over experience it. 

But that doesn’t mean that we have to live with hearing loss when we get old. Solutions are growing more sophisticated, robust, invisible and affordable every year. 

If you’re age 65 or over, it’s definitely worth booking an appointment to see an audiologist to get advice about your hearing health.

You can use your smartphone to help get the most out of your hearing aid

Speaking of hearing aids growing more sophisticated, did you know that many of today’s hearing aids are designed with smartphone compatibility in mind? Through their companion apps, users can customize their listening experience by; 

  • Controlling balance between left and right ears.
  • Controlling microphone direction.
  • Make and receive calls with crystal clarity.
  • Check on your battery status, so you’re never without your hearing aid when you need it.
  • Stream music, radio, video and podcasts directly into your hearing aid.

All while providing hearing clarity and total discretion.

Your diet and lifestyle affect your hearing loss

As with any aspect of health, your diet can play a part in either predisposing you to hearing loss or making existing hearing loss worse. For those with Meniere’s disease, for example, hearing loss can be worsened by excessive consumption of caffeine and salt as these can affect blood pressure and hence further imbalance the fluids of the inner ear.

Your hearing aid can help combat tinnitus

Many of us experience the hissing, ringing or buzzing sound that is tinnitus. For many, it’s a fairly benign distraction, but for some, it can sound more like a roar than a whisper, especially in quiet spaces making it extremely irritating and even causing them to lose sleep.

Many of today’s hearing aids, however, are designed to combat tinnitus by emitting a barely perceptible frequency that helps to counteract the “sound” of tinnitus. 

Your audiologist can help you to find the perfect solutions to your needs

If you have or think you may have hearing loss, it’s vital to get in touch with an audiologist as soon as possible. We can carry out tests to ascertain the cause and extent of your hearing loss and give you impartial advice about the best solution for your unique needs

If you want to talk about any of our solutions at House of Hearing, call us today at 801-221-1220.