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Signs of Hearing Loss
Because hearing loss can develop over several years, most people are not aware of the extent of their hearing loss until family or friends bring it to their attention. Even then, the problem is often ignored or explained away with excuses such as fatigue or "people are mumbling".
Recognizing a hearing loss in yourself or someone you know is the first step toward improving the situation.
Do you or does someone you love:
Frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
Misinterpret a spoken message
Turn up the volume on your T.V. or radio louder than others prefer?
Avoid social situations?
Feel anxious going to a social engagement because of possible communication difficulty?
Have difficulty following conversations in a room with background noise?
Often misunderstand what people say?
These problems can affect everyone occasionally. However, if you are frequently experiencing difficulty, you may have a hearing loss. It is extremely important that you talk to a hearing healthcare specialist, who can help you determine the type and degree of your hearing loss and help decide what course of action you can take.
For those of us who are interested in maintaining our health into our senior years, hearing health care is significant.
Studies have shown that cognitive health is maintained with the use of hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss is associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function. 50% of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have undiagnosed hearing loss, which causes them to answer questions inappropriately.
Improved communication made possible by hearing aid use results in improved mood, improved social interactions, and improved cognitively stimulating abilities. All good reasons to call and come in for a hearing test!
Research by the non-profit National Council on Aging (NCOA) concluded that hearing loss treatment is shown to improve:
Communication in relationships
Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
Ease in communication
Sense of control over life events
Perception of mental functioning