How would you feel if someone else in your family had hearing loss, but you never noticed it? Now think about how they would react if they didn’t know about your hearing loss, but never understood why. No matter how old you are, the hearing loss problem will affect you and your loved ones alike. It’s hard to demonstrate your hearing issues because even though it changes a physical part of you, it also impacts a mental part of you.
Talk to Friends and Family
Communication is a key part of any relationship, romantic or not. As much as you love your friends and family, they might not always notice something is wrong. However, this isn’t to say that they’re clueless, but as we indicated above, it can be difficult to make your hearing loss evident. When you do speak to the people around you, you can ask them several different questions, such as:
- “Do I ask you to repeat yourselves often?”
- “Do I make the TV too loud?”
- “Do I misunderstand what you say?”
Schedule a Hearing Test
You could also schedule a hearing test. Hearing loss might not be easy to find during a routine physical. If your regular doctor can’t help you, then it’s time to turn elsewhere. Luckily, if you live in Catonsville or Ellicott City, Clarity Audiology isn’t far away. We are audiologists and hearing loss specialists, who can perform your hearing test and let you know if you’re a candidate for hearing aids. Your general physician could run some necessary tests, but for more specialized assistance, we recommend coming in for a visit to our office.
Adapt Your Lifestyle
A decrease in your hearing ability represents a vast change in your life. But it doesn’t have to be a hindrance to your active lifestyle. You can adapt to living under your new circumstances, especially with the help of advanced hearing aids and other assistive devices invented for this purpose. Take your time, do your research, and learn about the features you want. A hearing aid can be a stylish fashion statement and not just something to be scared or ashamed to use.
Reach Out for Help
Whatever else you do, don’t isolate yourself. People with hearing loss tend to fall prey to deep depression or other mental health concerns as they feel increasingly left behind. As a result, they pull away from the people who love them, so they no longer feel like a burden. Bring someone with you to your next hearing test, and keep living your life.
Hearing Loss Solutions by Clarity Audiology
Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions offers state-of-the-art hearing solutions for any hearing loss you are experiencing. We specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing loss, fitting and programming hearing aids, and helping you hear again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment online or by calling 410-698-6594. To see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.