When do I Need a Hearing Aid?

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In some cases, it’s easy to know when you require medical advice. You know you need to go see a doctor right away if you break a bone, for instance. You may need a splint or a cast or supportive device, but the thing is that you’re not likely to try “toughing it out”. At least, not for very long (particularly if you want your bones to mend themselves properly).

It isn’t always that obvious in terms of hearing aids, however. Hearing loss normally progresses very gradually over time. This means knowing when to get treatment for hearing loss can be difficult.

That’s why it’s a good plan to keep an eye out for some distinct indicators that you may be losing your ability to communicate. If you detect any, it might be time to talk to us about your first pair of hearing aids.

Hearing aids and hearing loss

Hearing loss is primarily treated with hearing aids. But everybody who has some level of hearing loss won’t automatically need hearing aids. In situations where patients have very mild hearing loss, hearing aids won’t always be practical. We might want you to hold off on using hearing aids because of this. In addition, you may be advised to wear hearing aids only in certain situations.

Essentially, the threshold for requiring hearing aids isn’t always a diagnosis of hearing loss.

But in many instances hearing aids will be the best answer. Because hearing loss can be a sneaky and slow condition, lots of people don’t receive a diagnosis until there’s been considerable damage. But if you come in for a hearing exam regularly, you may be able to catch your hearing loss early, and, because of this, you might not need hearing aids right away.

So how will you know if you have hearing loss?

You need hearing aids if you experience these signs

Instant communication issues can be the result of hearing loss. The interesting thing, though, is that you don’t always understand that those communication obstacles are the result of hearing loss. So, when is it time for a hearing aid?

Here are some of the common signs you should watch out for:

  • When you’re in very loud locations, you have a tough time following conversations: When people ask, “What are the signs of hearing loss?”, this one almost always comes up. One of the surest signs of hearing loss is that you have difficulty following conversations in noisy places, like bars or restaurants. That’s because your brain has difficulty filling in the missing information that gets lost with hearing impairment. A lot of conversations get muddled because of this.
  • When people talk, you can’t always understand what they said: Many individuals feel like the total volume of life is fine so they never consider that they might have hearing loss. But hearing loss is funny, it tends to impact particular frequencies before others. Which means that the great majority of sounds may seem ordinary but things in the high frequencies (such as particular vowels) will be distorted. This could cause you to have a difficult time making out what people are saying.
  • The volume on your devices is getting really loud: Hearing loss could be the cause if you continually need to crank the volume of your devices up. This is especially true if you keep moving that volume knob higher (and even more especially relevant if the people around you complain about how loud your media is).
  • You can’t understand people on the phone: Even the highest quality phone speakers have a habit of flattening a voice. That can make it difficult to understand, especially if you have hearing loss. It can be very challenging to hear voices as an outcome of the loss of these frequencies.

So how should you deal with it?

Obviously, you know precisely what you have to do when you break a bone! But what about when you experience these indications that you might need a hearing aid? What level of hearing loss calls for hearing aids? That isn’t a very easy answer but you should make an appointment with us for a hearing exam if you begin to experience any hearing loss symptoms. We’ll be able to evaluate the health of your hearing and find out just how serious your hearing loss may or may not be.

And if you do end up needing hearing aids, a hearing test will help determine the best device for your hearing needs. Then you will be able to get back to enjoying good conversations with your friends and family members and doing the things you love.

Call us for a hearing test so we can help you improve your quality of life.

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