May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. What a perfect time to take an inventory of your hearing. Did you know that hearing loss can have a major impact on the quality of your life? The good news is that hearing loss can be treated. Keep reading to find out the symptoms of hearing loss and what to do about it.
What are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
If you notice any of the following symptoms, please see a hearing professional as soon as possible to discuss treatment options.
- You find it difficult to follow conversations, especially when more than one person is talking, or there is a lot of background noise.
- Your friends or family complain that you turn the TV or radio up too loud
- It’s harder to understand what someone is saying if they are turned away from you or facing another direction.
- People seem to mumble more than they used to.
- You find yourself saying, “What?” often, or you just smile and nod, hoping they didn’t ask a question.
- Social situations have become stressful because conversations are hard to follow. You find yourself wanting to stay in more.
Why is it Important to get your Hearing Tested?
Hearing loss can affect the quality of your life. Because it’s difficult to understand others, those with hearing loss often find themselves withdrawing from public life. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Did you know that hearing loss can lead to diminished cognitive abilities? When you’re not part of the conversation, your brain isn’t being stimulated like it used to be. That can then lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Healthy ears and good hearing is vital to your overall health and quality of life.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are treatments available for hearing loss. The sooner hearing loss is detected and treated, the less impact it will have on the quality of your life.
Don’t let shame or embarrassment stop you from getting the help you need to lead a healthy and productive life. Hearing loss is a normal human experience. According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people around the world have disabling hearing loss and even more struggle with moderate or minimal hearing loss.
At Beltone Hearing, we can help you get the treatment you need to lead a quality life. Our hearing experts can discuss treatments options to get you back into the conversation. Contact us to schedule your free hearing test today.