Coping with the Early Stages of Hearing Loss
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves on a consistent basis? After asking a
few times, your conversation may start to feel awkward or forced and this feeling can be
frustrating when you really cannot hear what the other person is saying.
Hearing loss can be frustrating and embarrassing. It may help to know that you are not alone and
that there are many resources out there that can help you restore your ability to hear what is
going on around you and function normally.
Gradual Hearing Loss
If you are experiencing gradual amounts of hearing loss as you age, you are experiencing
prebycusis. Prebycusis is very common in the United States with about one-third of the
population between ages 65 and 75 experiencing hearing loss.
It is estimated that after age 75 about one half of
individuals will experience some degree of hearing loss.
There are many different reasons that people suffer from
hearing loss and often times there is not much that you
can do to reverse the hearing loss that you experience.
Doctors believe that heredity and chronic exposure to
loud noises are the main factors that contribute to
hearing loss as people age. Sometimes, hearing loss can
be explained by a simply earwax blockage and can be remedied by getting the earwax removed
by a professional.
Dealing with Hearing Loss
When your hearing loss cannot be remedied, it is important that you have the tools that you need
to function in your day to day life. You should be sure that you understand how you are going to
start looking for some tools to ensure that you can continue living your life normally.
Hearing loss phones can be extremely useful when you are used to talking on the phone.
Hearing loss phones will ensure that you are not going to miss integral parts of phone
conversations or find yourself asking a speaker to repeat himself or herself.
A hearing loss phone is going to connect you with an
operator that will type out the conversation for you to
read. As you read what the other people on the line
are saying, you can be sure that you are not missing
out on any part of the conversation.
Talking with your doctor about getting a hearing aid
that is going to help you hear throughout the day will
also be beneficial. As you are talking with your
doctor about hearing aids, you will want to follow the recommendations of your doctor.
If you experience any discomfort with your hearing aid, be sure to express this discomfort to
your doctor. You want to make sure that you understand what needs to be done to ensure that
you are able to be comfortable with your hearing aid.
Hearing aids can take some adjustment and may take some time to get used to. Although hearing
loss can be frustrating and even scary, you want to make sure that you understand how you are
going to find the best way to work with and live with your hearing loss.