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How to Find out if You Need a Hearing Aid?

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If you find it difficult to follow conversations or often find that you are turning the tv or the radio up higher than you used to then you may question whether or not you are experiencing some hearing loss. It can be difficult to recognize if this is the case, especially when it happens gradually over time. There are some common signs that you can look out for if you are questions if need to use hearing aids, but what are they? 

Let’s have a look in more details below: 

Common signs you might need hearing aids

If you think that you may be experiencing hearing loss, then you probably want to monitor it, in order to do this you need to be aware of some of the most common signs and behavior changes that could mean you need hearing aids to help: 

  • You often complain that people are speaking too softly or mumbling
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they have said, and you do this more in a noisy environment
  • You feel the need to have the radio or television louder than others
  • You are finding it more difficult to understand people on the telephone
  • The dialogue at the movies or theatre has become difficult to follow
  • You find it more difficult to understand what is been said in places of worship or at public gatherings
  • You are getting more irritable, withdrawn, frustrated and impatient than before
  • You find it easier to follow conversations if you can see someone’s face, and find it extremely difficult if they are facing you
  • You find that you are having to strain yourself to listen to conversations properly, especially when it is a group of people and not one to one

If you find that you are experiencing more than one of the common signs of hearing loss above than you may benefit from wearing hearing aids. Try not to worry if you are showing any of the common signs, or are concerned about what they might mean, hearing loss is something that is extremely common and with the help of an audiologist you can get the right help. 

So, why can you hear people but not understand them? 

One of the most common signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss is your level of following an understanding during conversations. A common type of hearing loss is where people have a pretty much normal level of hearing in the low-and-mid range of sounds, like vowels, but they have a hearing loss level in the range of high-pitched sounds that you get from consonants. This can lead to a lack of understand that you may be experiencing. 

Vowels like o, ooh, ah, a and e derive from the lower pitches or frequencies and are easier to hear. The higher pitch consonant sounds like s, sh, f and th are much softer and therefore are more difficult to hear. The high-pitched sounds you hear from consonants are more critical for you to be able to understand and follow a conversation fully. 

If you are showing signs of hearing loss then you might find that during normal conversation, the speech seems like it loud enough, but it lacks clarity, meaning your ability to understand it becomes compromised. When there is background noise, this amplified, it can also be amplified if there is a larger distance between you and the person you are speaking to. If you ever feel like this, then an audiologist may suggest that hearing aids could help. 

Should I book an appointment with an audiologist? 

If the above applies to then you should absolutely book an appointment with an audiologist. They will be able to work with you to find out what level of hearing loss you have. They can then help you to find a way to help, most commonly hearing aids help people with hearing loss. Wearing hearing aids can help you to understand and follow conversations and dialogue much easier. 

So, what can I expect from hearing aids?

Hearing aids won’t correct your hearing back to normal as you get with eyeglasses. Instead, hearing aids are designed to amplify sounds in a certain range of pitches. It is different for each person wearing hearing aids. You can get a range of different sound including speech and environmental sounds. 

Hearing aid technology is excellent with today’s technology; however, the devices are still an aid so it can be affected by things like background noise and can sometimes make it difficult in certain environments. Your audiologist will be able to help you learn how to tackle this and you will soon know how to employ communication strategies when you are using hearing aids in more difficult listening environments. They will also be able to help any family or friends to understand more about how they can help. 

If you think that you may be experiencing hearing loss and want to learn more about hearing aids. Give Listen Hear Diagnostics a call at 347-450-9872