Cherish Your Hearing For Life
by Jennifer Gehlen, Au.D.New York
To enjoy the sounds of life for as long as possible, it's important to recognize any indications of hearing loss and address them immediately. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—One out of every six people lives with some degree of
hearing loss, and the earlier you have your hearing evaluated and treated by
a professional, the better your outcome. These facts and hints can help:
What Is Hearing Loss?
Experts have identified multiple potential causes of hearing loss,
including aging, noise exposure, head or ear injuries, infections and chronic
illnesses. If you experience any of these symptoms, have your hearing
• Decreased attention
• Trouble communicating with others
• Irritability, stress, depression
• Withdrawal from social life
• Memory loss
• Reluctance to try new things or visit unfamiliar places
• Declining performance at work.
Other signs include needing to raise the volume on audio sources
(especially if others complain the sound is already turned up too high),
thinking that people are always mumbling or talking too softly, and
frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
Addressing Hearing Loss Relieves
Wherever there’s a high level of ambient noise, holding a
conversation requires concentration and effort. If you have unaddressed
hearing loss, it can be downright exhausting. You cannot keep up with multiple
conversations going on around you without exerting significant effort to
listen and understand. Trying to actively participate eventually leaves you
so weary you might start to avoid socializing altogether.
Rather than missing out, consider what hearing aids can do. Current models
include technology that continuously monitors your listening environment and
singles out the dominant speaker while reducing background noise. Some people
find they can actually hear better than their
companions with “normal” hearing in very loud surroundings.
Enjoy The Great Outdoors Again
Wind and other environmental sounds make it difficult to understand what
others are saying outside. Hearing aids today can help you hear every word
clearly by singling out speech while suppressing interference. Some devices
use motion sensors from an iPhone to adjust their
focus to a friend’s voice, while still helping you hear sounds vital to
safety, such as an oncoming car.
No More Echo
Sounds reflecting off hard surfaces create reverberation—echoes that
can interfere with understanding speech. Automatic programs can all but
eliminate irritating echoes, delivering cleaner, clearer and
Modern hearing aids are expertly configured to enable enjoyment of music
to the fullest whether you’re listening to a concert, home stereo
system or even onstage yourself. Hearing aids with high-definition music
programs can deliver the ideal acoustic balance to your ears in each
situation with quality and completeness.
Telephonophobia Or Hearing Loss?
In previous generations, hearing aid wearers didn’t like using
phones because their devices would emit a high-pitched whine when next to a
phone receiver. Plus, older devices often failed to provide enough voice
clarity to significantly improve phone conversations.
Advances in wireless connectivity options have all but eliminated this.
Now you can stream phone calls directly into both ears, in stereo, using
The Choice Is Yours
There’s no “one size fits all” answer to hearing loss
because every person is uniquely affected. Fortunately, a wide range of
hearing aids is available that can be tailored to your individual degree of
hearing loss, specific ear anatomy, and personal lifestyle.
Your first move upon acknowledging you might have hearing loss should be
to contact a hearing care professional and arrange to have your hearing
tested and formally diagnosed.
For further facts on preventing hearing loss, go to www.signiausa.com.
• Dr. Gehlen
is an Educational Specialist at Signia. She
provides training to customers and staff on company technology, products and
software from face-to-face meetings to virtual sessions.
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)