A New Phase in Your Life: 5 Ways that You Can Tell You Need a Hearing Aid
No one like growing older, but it is the best alternative to its opposite. With age comes different phases in your life. Some people need assistance from medical devices earlier than others. Hearing aids, like Miracle-Ear, glasses, walking canes and many other medical assist products are available. Not everyone can tell when they need a medical device. Sometimes it takes the gentle nudging
of family members to help an individual to understand that they need help.
Here are 5 ways that you can tell you need a hearing aid.
1. You say What? When you cant hear what someone says, you ask them to repeat themselves. When you are
saying what? a lot, it may be time to get a hearing test. Some individuals with hearing loss have a hard time following a conversation if the person is not looking at them. More people rely on reading lip than admit it. Others have a difficult time with conversations in which multiple people are talking. It may seem as if their voices are combined and it sounds like garbled, distorted talk.
2. Turning up The Television or Radio
People who visit you say your television or radio is way too loud. But you think it’s okay because it sounds normal to you. You don’t realize you are compensating for not being able to hear. If you live in an apartment, you may have complaints from neighbors that you play your music or listen to the radio too loud. This is a sign you should get a hearing test and possibly hearing aids.
When these entertainment devices are on a lower volume, you may think they sound like static
because you can’t make out what the characters or announcers are saying.
3. Trouble Hearing on The Phone
Many mobile phones are difficult to hear on for those who don’t have a hearing problem. If you still have a landline and can’t hear what a caller is saying, then you should consider getting tested for hearing loss. Using the speakerphone option on a cell phone is not going to be much help unless you continue to hold it up near your ear. Then again, the voices will be spread out into the air and
not directly into your ear. When you get a hearing aid, there are phone adaptors you can purchase that will help you magnify the sounds coming out of your phone.
4. Trouble Hearing in Noisy Surroundings
You may not attend many parties, but when you do, you have trouble understanding the person talking to you when they stand right next to you. Other places are difficult to hear people as well.
The grocery store, or any large store where voices tend to travel and become softer over a large area, can be a nightmare to hear someone. And outdoors is worse as the sound of someone’s voice travels farther away rather than directly towards your ear.
5. You Are Tired of Straining to Hear
When you find you are working very hard to hear someone, you may decide it is time to get a hearing test and possibly an aid for hearing. Leaning towards a person as they talk can be scary to that person. No one wants to be known as a close talker. To help you and anyone you speak with feel more comfortable, it is a good idea to be tested for hearing loss.