When Do You Need a Hearing Aid?
Like many of our senses, hearing is something that can slowly deteriorate over time and it’s often difficult to identify if our hearing has actually degraded or not. This makes it hard to tell if we’re in need of hearing aids and it’s important to understand the signs of hearing loss so that you can take the appropriate measures.
Most people don’t realize they have hearing loss until they encounter a situation that makes them think twice about their quality of hearing. For instance, maybe you realize that your phone has been ringing for the past few minutes but it took one of your family members to tell you before you noticed or perhaps you’ve been missing more and more packages that were delivered to you because you couldn’t hear your doorbell. Other situations include turning up the volume on the TV until it’s uncomfortably loud for others and some people might tell you on public transport that your music is a little too loud even though you’re using headphones.
It takes several situations like this to realize that you may be suffering from hearing loss, but most people will simply stay quiet about it and deal with the changes in their hearing. However, it’s only going to get worse over time and you’ll eventually end up in an accident or miss something crucial, hence the importance of speaking to a hearing instrument specialist.
Below, we’ve detailed a few situations in which you may need a hearing aid.
Has the clarity of your hearing reduced?
Hearing loss isn’t just about the volume of hearing but also the clarity of sounds that you perceive. For instance, if you’re constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves or if you’re having trouble making out what someone is saying when there’s a lot of background noise, then it’s a good time to consider speaking to a hearing instrument specialist so that they can help you identify if you have hearing loss or if it’s something else such as a blockage in the ears.
Have others been commenting about your hearing?
One of the easiest ways to tell if your hearing has actually degraded is to consult other people. If your friends and family members have noted that your hearing has become progressively worse, then it’s worth listening to them instead of ignoring them. Your closest friends and family members will have likely picked up the fact that you often ignore them when they call out to you, that you’ve been turning up the volume on your devices and that you occasionally need to be reminded that your phone is ringing.
Do you think you’re too young for hearing aids?
Hearing aids aren’t specifically for seniors. While it’s true that many seniors do experience hearing loss, it’s a myth that younger people cannot or should not use them. In fact, depending on your circumstances and your work environment, hearing aids can often be required early on due to hearing damage from loud noises and environments such as working in clubs or construction sites. Don’t let stereotypes about age effect when you should speak to a hearing specialist about hearing aids.
Do you experience tinnitus?
One of the associated conditions of hearing loss is tinnitus. Nerve damage which causes hearing loss can also cause tinnitus which is often described as a high-pitched whine or buzz in your ears. It’s a subjective condition so that means only you can hear it because it’s being caused by damaged nerves in your ears. When you have tinnitus, it could be an indication of hearing loss or it could just be a frustrating condition to deal with on its own and hearing aids can actually help mask the sound so that you aren’t affected by it.
Contact West Family Hearing for a hearing test
The hearing instrument specialists at West Family Hearing understand the idea of hearing loss can be something that requires an adjustment period. That’s why we tailor our services around our patients, offering our understanding and cooperation to help you treat your hearing loss. With a professional test and expert advice, we aim to get you comfortable with hearing aids as quickly as possible so that you can regain your hearing.
Simply call us at (425) 245-8507 to speak to one of our friendly advisors who will guide you on what to do next. Whether you’d like to book a hearing test or would simply like some more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.