Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss
- You, your hearing loss and hearing needs are unique. Your best hearing aid may not be the one that Aunt Martha likes. Ask your hearing health care provider which options are better for you.
- Your hearing health care provider is important to your success with hearing aids. Choose a provider wisely.
- If you base your hearing aid decision purely on cost, you may get a hearing aid that doesn’t work best for you. A cheap hearing aid that doesn’t give you “hearing value and” becomes very expensive for what you get from it.
- Hearing aids are small electronic devices that won’t make you hear everything like Superman–nor will they block out all unwanted sounds.
- Select a hearing aid that is most appropriate for your needs today–not something you might need in five years.
- A hearing problem in both ears means you need a hearing aid in both ears. (That is not always true, but it is true almost 100% of the time.)
- “Hearing loss” does not mean you are deaf. Hearing occurs over ten octaves of frequencies. A hearing loss usually affects only some of the frequencies.
- A hearing problem affects you and those around you causing problems with easy communication. Difficulty communicating negatively affects your personal and business relationships.
- A goal of a hearing aid is to lessen the amount of frustration caused by not hearing parts of a conversation.
- Listening with a hearing loss is difficult. That difficulty makes it harder to want to listen. It is understandably easier to become bored (or “bore out”) during conversations and not listen. “Boring out” makes your hearing problems worse.
- Hearing aids make listening easier.
- Some people are poor speakers. They actually do mumble or have poor voice qualities or foreign accents. Your hearing loss makes it even more difficult to hear and understand others with these speech problems.
- Managing your “sound environment” improves the performance of hearing.
- Choose a quieter restaurant. Restaurants finished, lower ceilings are usually quieter.
- If you go to a noisy restaurant, go before the “rush.” Choose to sit in a high-backed booth.
- Ask them to turn the music down.
You do have options to improve your hearing and listening. Better hearing improves life for you and those around you.
For additional practical suggestions, call our office at 303-988-7299 or send us an email.
© 2010, Randall D. Smith