What Do You Do When You’re Worried About Your Hearing?

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Perhaps you’ve been given cause for concern lately with regards to your hearing. Or maybe it’s just been a while since you’ve had anyone check up on it. As we get older, the risk of experiencing some kind of hearing loss gets more and more common. However, that doesn’t mean we should start worrying, there are steps you can take to address it and get the answers you need.

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Are you experiencing any signs of hearing loss?

First of all, try to think of why you’re worried about your hearing in the first place, and look at some of the most common early signs of hearing loss. Does your experience match them? Does it sound speech or other sounds are muffled, or that you have trouble hearing speech or consonants with background noise? Do you find yourself having to ask others to speak more slowly and clearly, or that you have to regularly turn up the volume of the TV to the point that others mention it is very loud? If so, it’s worth having your hearing looked at.

Having a hearing test

When you visit your doctor for check-ups, how often is a hearing test part of the conversation? For most people under 65, routine hearing exams aren’t always considered necessary, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask about them. If you have any concerns about your hearing, a hearing test is the fastest way to measure what your range of hearing is. Furthermore, if it’s caused by something temporary like earwax blockage or infection, the audiologist who performs it could even fix it on the spot.

Implementing the solution

If you do have hearing loss, then the most common form of treatment is to use a hearing aid that can help restore your levels of hearing. Modern hearing aid technology is vastly improving over the large, clunky designs you might have seen in the past. It’s becoming a lot sleeker, and it’s also becoming a lot better at things like speech detection, improving its ability to restore your hearing. Nowadays, many hearing aids can be controlled using wireless devices such as smartphones as well, meaning its much easier to adjust the settings on them.

Be sure to protect your hearing

Even if it turns out that you didn’t experience any hearing loss, this scare should at least make you aware that it’s a risk that can crop up in the future again. The best way to avoid it or at least postpone it for as long as possible is to protect your ears from excessive levels of noise. Using hearing protection in loud environments and avoiding things like putting the volume up on your headphones to the max are important methods of preventing noise-induced hearing loss.

The technology and methods we use to treat hearing loss are getting better and better. With more precise and discrete technology, it can help you maintain your quality of life as best as possible. If it turns out your scare ends up being nothing, it’s still a good reminder that we need to protect our hearing, too.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no other’s. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC

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