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The Longer You Wait, the More Difficult It Is

Getting help for hearing loss is an easy thing to put off. Maybe you know someone personally who has put off better hearing. Because most hearing loss it gradual, it often goes undetected, except by family members and close friends.  Many people are reluctant to seek help for many reasons. But for those who do something about their hearing loss sooner than later, the success rate is much higher.  Why is that?

We hear with our brains, our ears are simply receptors. With a hearing loss, reduced hearing becomes the new “normal”. We also know that the longer one waits to get help with their hearing loss the more their brain forgets what normal sounds and words sound like.

A great example is going into someone else’s home with a grandfather clock that chimes every hour. It’s extremely noticeable, even annoying! Those that live with the clock barely even notice it.  It’s normal for them; the tick-tock and chimes on the hour blending right in with their home’s other background noises.

When people put hearing aids on for the very first time, they don’t always sound normal and during the initial fitting period, sounds sometime seem too loud or sharp.  A competent hearing aid dispenser can adjust for these new sounds, making the experience more comfortable as the patient gradually gets used to better hearing.

How long does it take for sounds to become normal again? That depends a lot on how long someone waits to address their hearing loss. Getting people used to “new” sounds is why we encourage people to wear their hearing aids as much as possible, even when they live alone or don’t feel there is a need to hear. Regardless of how long it takes for people to accept their hearing loss, we at New Waving Hearing Aids are dedicated to making the better hearing experience both comfortable and enjoyable.

If you think you have a hearing loss, don’t put off getting tested (it’s free!). You will have peace of mind knowing you are not missing out, should you need help with better hearing. Life is too short to miss the good things your friends and loved ones want you to hear.

What Causes Tinnitus?

The most common cause of tinnitus is an inner ear disorder, typically caused by noise exposure, aging, inner ear infection, or a condition called Meniere’s disease.

Other causes may include outer or middle ear disorders, perforated eardrums, allergies, medications, trauma, or systemic disorders such as low blood pressure and diabetes.

Treating tinnitus and hearing loss together.

The most effective way to deal with tinnitus is by treating the symptoms directly. If you also have a hearing loss, hearing instruments often help to reduce the perception of tinnitus and also improve your ability to hear and communicate. Most tinnitus patients with hearing loss experience total or partial tinnitus relief while wearing hearing instruments. There are many variables that determine success.

However, hearing instruments may bring back in the ambient sounds that naturally cover the tinnitus.

The right kind of hearing instruments, such as Oticon instruments can be finely tuned to match your unique hearing profile and personal sound preferences.

Then they deliver sound with the clearest, purest signal possible in the way your brain is best able to understand it. The result is a more natural, effortless listening experience that reduces the fatigue that comes from straining to hear.

Lighter than ever; they come in fashion colors if you’re inclined to show them off, or completely invisible if you’re not. They do far more than amplify sound: they use cutting-edge digital audio processing to help you pull clear, natural, understandable speech out of noisy, complex and interruptive environments. Millions of people find them an indispensable tool for regaining control and living the life they want to live, not the life imposed on them by hearing loss.

 

Hearing Loss Prevention Facts

• Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.

• There are three things to consider about noise: How loud. How long. How close.

• Workplace noise can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss.

• Hearing loss can be prevented by using ear plugs or earmuffs when engaging in activities around excessive noise (i.e. construction, loud music, shooting a gun).

• If you have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area or you hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears immediately after exposure to noise consider this as a warning sign that the sounds are TOO LOUD.

5 Things Hearing Aid Users Want Their Communication Partners to Know

1) “My hearing aids help me to understand speech but I still need to see your face”

Ask your loved ones to face you directly during conversation. If your communication partner is looking away, chewing, smoking, or covering their face with their hands you may need to remind them that this makes it harder for you to understand the conversation.

 2) “I can hear many more sounds with my hearing aids but I will most likely not be able to understand speech that is distorted or far away”

Ask your loved ones not to whisper, shout, or speak to you from a different room. Remind them that conversation will be easiest to understand when they are close (preferably within 6 feet) and they speak slowly and clearly.

3) “My hearing aids help me attend to conversation but I may still miss things if conversation starts abruptly”

Ask your loved ones to get your attention by saying your name or alerting you to the topic before beginning conversation. This will allow you to focus your attention and avoid missing all or part of the message.

4) “Communication in background noise may always be more difficult, even with use of my hearing aids”

Try to minimize loud background noise by requesting seats away from the kitchen or bar at restaurants. If possible, position yourself with most of the noise behind you in loud environments. You may need to remind your loved ones that it will be easiest to have important conversations in an ideal listening environment.

*Remember that as a hearing aid user the most important thing you can do to avoid feeling overwhelmed by background noise is to wear your devices all the time, even in quiet environments.

5) “Ease of communication is greatly improved with use of my hearing aids but listening still requires more effort than for someone with normal hearing”

Everyone has a harder time listening when they are ill or tired. Sometimes you may need to remind your communication partners that you simply need a break. Our loved ones do not always know when we are feeling overwhelmed or unwell.

“For as long as I can remember, I have had a hearing loss; I called it “selective hearing” since I had a house full of girls! However, it became a greater problem as I got older so I decided to do something about it and contacted New Wave Hearing Aids. I met with Ken and he determined my level of hearing loss and chose the appropriate hearing aids to suit my lifestyle and hearing loss. More important than the actual hearing device was the support from Ken and his staff in helping me to understand hearing once again. Ken emphasized that a major aspect of getting hearing aids for the first time is to understand the process of learning to hear again.”  Chris Davis

 

 

 

 

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