Even If You Don’t Have Hearing Loss
Imagine a beautiful summer day. You spend the morning outside, listening to the birds and enjoying the sunshine. Evening rolls around, and you spend time eating a meal with your loved ones; laughing, telling stories, and handing out lots of seconds. Now, imagine the day where you walk outside and can’t hear the birds, or you’re talking with your loved one and can’t understand what they are saying.
Hearing Loss is Often Gradual
These are extreme examples, but what many people don’t know is that hearing loss has a gradual onset. Many people are not aware their hearing is declining until they start to experience symptoms such as having to turn up their television volume, asking people to repeat themselves, or having difficulty hearing in background noise. Because it happens so gradually, it’s important to monitor your hearing levels with annual tests. It’s also recommended that you get tested before you have any concerns. This may seem strange, but if difficulties do start to arise, it allows the audiologist to compare how you were hearing before to how you’re hearing now.
Testing is Simple
To keep our ears and hearing system as a whole functioning optimally, it is best to identify hearing loss early, treat it right away, and treat it appropriately. AudigyCertified™audiologists do this by bringing you through a four-step process. First you are brought in to talk about any difficulties you’ve been having, as well as your medical history. Then your ears are checked to make sure they’re healthy and clean. Next you take a thorough hearing test and go over the test results. If treatment is appropriate for you, your provider can discuss your options, because there may be more than one. If you have any questions regarding hearing loss or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your local AudigyCertified provider.
July 17th, 2014 by Holly Eischens, Au.D.
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