Visiting and communicating with family and friends during the holiday season is an important part to enjoying the busy time of year! With the increased interaction with family and friends, you may have become more aware of your hearing difficulties. Trouble understanding in background noise? Others sound like they are mumbling? Turning the TV up louder than others would like? Nearly 30 million Americans have a treatable hearing loss. That’s good news for you! Amplification can help the majority of those with hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can result in social isolation, loneliness, and depression.
Hearing is sometimes described as a “use it or lose it” sense. This is true in the fact that the sooner a hearing loss is aided, the better the outcomes are likely to be. When the nerves in the hearing system are damaged, a decrease in hearing can be noted. The longer these nerves are damaged and deprived of stimulation from hearing sounds, the more distorted speech and other sounds will become. Therefore, it is important to take action when hearing loss is first noticed.
The first step to overcoming your hearing loss is to make an appointment with an Audiologist for a hearing evaluation. At the first appointment, she will be able to guide you to the best treatment plan for your specific hearing loss. Hearing aids do not come as a “one size fits all” solution. Your treatment plan should be personalized based on your hearing loss configuration and your individual communication needs.
Hearing aids are not a miracle cure, but they are the best route for improving your communication abilities despite your hearing loss. You can make an appointment by calling our office at 740-369-3650 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Delaware Speech and Hearing Center, founded in 1959, is an award winning non-profit organization that serves more than 5,000 people every year in the Delaware County and Columbus, Ohio, area.
Written by Kelly Young, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiologist, Delaware Speech and Hearing Center