Individuals are more self-dependent than ever. Does your car need some repairs? Simply watch that YouTube video. Is your sink clogged? Again with the YouTube. Trying to learn cursive writing? YouTube… look, you get the idea.
You can find any information you might want to know and self-learning has never been more accessible. Does that mean you’ll never require a professional ever again?
Not always. Hearing aids are a good example. Imagine if you detect some hearing loss and find yourself in need of these helpful little devices. Does that mean you should just go out to the local pharmacy and pick up a set of over-the-counter hearing aids? It sounds fairly effortless (and gives you the illusion of self-sufficiency), but there are some substantial drawbacks. Actually, your hearing aids will be more comfortable and reliable if you come in to get a consultation with us.
Hearing loss signs
The symptoms of hearing loss might appear to be clear-cut, even obvious. You are unable to hear as well, right? Well, yes, but the presentations of hearing loss can be much more diverse, and much less evident. Certainly, people frequently miss the symptoms of hearing loss because they don’t know what to look for.
Some of the most prevalent symptoms of hearing loss include the following:
- The persistent need to turn the volume up: Is your television volume continuously going up? Well, that’s an indicator of hearing loss. This is one of the more evident ones, but it tends to develop so gradually that it’s frequently missed.
- Needing people to repeat what they just said: You might frequently ask people to repeat themselves. Even if it seems like people are talking quietly, it’s actually hearing loss that’s the issue. If you begin to experience a great number of individuals who “mumble,” it might be your ears that are the issue.
- Headaches and tiredness: Your brain often has to work extra hard as it struggles to process sound. It needs to work extra hard to process information, it’s like squinting all the time, but with your ears. Exhaustion and chronic headaches can be the result.
- Difficulty hearing conversations in loud settings: When you’re out at dinner with family and friends, you have a difficult time following along with discussions. You should definitely pay attention if you detect this symptom because it’s a rather strong sign of hearing loss.
Of course, these symptoms are not always the only symptoms of hearing loss. Everybody’s hearing loss experience is unique. But if you are noticing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit us to get a diagnosis.
Why is a diagnosis helpful?
So, you are recognizing that you can’t hear as well as you used to. Why not just go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter hearing aid? Well, would you go out and buy prescription glasses without getting an eye exam? It may work in some cases. But understanding more about your condition is definitely indispensable.
Everyone’s experience of hearing loss is unique and complex. It’s not like someone just turns the volume knob in your ear. Actually, individuals tend to lose their hearing in specific frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear become damaged.
And it often goes unnoticed. The brain is quite good at compensating for these things. Because of this, it’s usually necessary to get a hearing exam. You might not even know you have hearing loss but a hearing assessment can expose any you may have. You’ll also have the chance to correctly diagnose which frequencies tend to be fading the fastest (and as a result, you will be in a better position to manage symptoms.)
Advantages of going to a hearing specialist
Matching your hearing requirements to the available selection on the shelf will be something you’ll need to do by yourself if you decide on over-the-counter hearing aids.
But your hearing aids can be fine-tuned to your specific hearing needs if you go to a hearing specialist. We will help you pick the ideal device for your requirements and we will calibrate it to boost the particular frequency that you’re having trouble hearing.
Here are a few other advantages to seeing a hearing specialist:
- Your hearing specialist can ensure that your hearing aids last as long as possible by helping you understand and plan proper upkeep and maintenance.
- Confidence, that your device will be comfortable by getting a professional fitting.
- When you have difficulty using or comprehending how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help walk you through the process and be sure you comprehend how to get the most out of your devices.
- Your hearing specialist can also help you figure out how to adjust your hearing aid effectively. This is crucial to a good experience with your devices.
Without the advantage of a hearing specialist, your hearing aid experience will likely be less ideal, even if you do happen to pick 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. Losing touch with family and friends because of hearing loss will be a lot less likely if you take the correct approach. Those connections will be maintained. And that can be extremely important.
Everything doesn’t always need to be DIY
It doesn’t mean you’re less self-sufficient just because you need some assistance with hearing aids. As a matter of fact, it’s just the opposite. The right hearing aid can improve your independence and self-sufficiency.
Diagnosing your hearing loss, controlling your symptoms, and picking out the right hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.
So call us so that we can help you address your hearing loss.