Individuals are becoming self-dependent more than ever before. Does your car need some repairs? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? Again with the YouTube. Attempting to learn cursive writing? Yup…you guessed it…..YouTube.
Anything you want to learn, you can find, and there’s amazing potential to teach and train yourself on the Internet. Does that mean you’ll never require a professional ever again?
Not always. Take, for example, your hearing aids. Let’s envision that you develop a need for these useful little devices. Should you race out to Walmart and get a pair of over-the-counter hearing aids? It sounds fairly effortless (and gives you the impression of self-sufficiency), but there are a few considerable drawbacks. In reality, your hearing aids will be more comfortable and reliable if you come in to get a consultation with us.
Hearing loss symptoms
The symptoms of hearing loss might appear to be clear-cut, even obvious. Things become more difficult to hear, right? Well, yes, but the symptoms of hearing loss can be a lot more variable, and far less evident. In many cases, we are unaware of what to watch out for and we miss the symptoms of hearing loss.
Some of the most prevalent symptoms of hearing loss include the following:
- Problems hearing conversations in noisy settings: Do you have a difficult time following conversations when you go out to eat with family or friends? This is usually a rather dependable indication that some amount of hearing loss may be occurring.
- The continual need to turn the volume up: Is the volume on your television continuously going up? Well, there’s your first common sign. This is one of the more apparent ones, but it tends to progress so slowly that it’s frequently missed.
- Headaches and fatigue: Your brain frequently has to work extra hard as it struggles to process sound. It’s like you’re continuously squinting with your ears as your brain works extra hard attempting to process sound. This can lead to chronic headaches and fatigue.
- Asking people to repeat themselves: You’re often needing people to repeat what they said. This is an indication of hearing loss, even if it seems like the volume is the problem. If you begin to come across a great many individuals who “mumble,” it might be your ears that are the issue.
Naturally, these symptoms are not always the only symptoms of hearing loss. Everyone’s hearing loss experience is unique. But you should certainly come see us for an assessment if you are detecting any of these symptoms.
Can a diagnosis be useful?
So, you are realizing that you are unable to hear as well as you used to. Perhaps you should go out to your local box-store and purchase an over-the-counter hearing aid. Well, would you go out and purchase prescription glasses without having an eye exam? In the majority of circumstances, it will be essential to have a strong understanding of the precise nature of your condition.
Everyone’s experience of hearing loss is distinct and complex. It’s not as though somebody simply turns the volume knob in your ear. Actually, individuals tend to lose their hearing in specific frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear get damaged.
And most individuals don’t even detect it. Compensating for these kinds of changes is something that the brain is extremely good at. For this reason, it’s typically necessary to get a hearing examination. This screening process can help you expose hearing loss you may not even realize you have. This will also help you understand which frequencies you’re starting to lose (and as a result, you will be in a better position to control symptoms.)
Seeing a hearing specialist has its benefits
When you go and purchase a hearing aid at the store, you’ll be doing your best to match what’s available on the shelf with what you require.
But when you visit a hearing specialist, your hearing aids can be tailored to your needs. Your hearing specialist can help you choose the best device for your symptoms and then customize that device specifically for the wavelengths you need assistance with.
Your hearing specialist will also have the following benefits:
- Your hearing specialist can also help you understand how to adjust your hearing aid effectively. So that you can get the best experience from your hearing aid, this is essential.
- The ability to help you personalize the overall fit of your hearing aid, ensuring your devices are comfortable and work properly.
- Your hearing specialist can help you set up the appropriate maintenance for your hearing aid, making sure that your devices last for as long as possible.
- When you have problems using or comprehending how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help take you step-by-step through the process and make sure you comprehend how to get the most out of your devices.
Without the benefit of a hearing specialist, your hearing aid experience will likely be less ideal, even if you do happen to select the best possible over-the-counter hearing aid for your symptoms.
Also, hearing specialists will be able to help you manage your hearing loss symptoms. With the correct approach, you’ll be much less likely to lose touch with friends or become distant with family because of your hearing loss symptoms. Those relationships will be maintained. And that can be exceptionally important.
Not everything has to be DIY
Getting help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are in some way less self-sufficient. As a matter of fact, it’s just the opposite. Your self-sufficiency and independence will be improved by using the correct hearing aids.
A hearing specialist can help you diagnose your hearing loss, control your symptoms, and select the correct device for your requirements.
So call us so that we can help you address your hearing loss.