Individuals are becoming self-reliant more than they ever did. Want to fix up your car? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? Again with the YouTube. Want to learn how to do calligraphy? YouTube… look, you get the idea.
You can discover any information you might want to learn and self-learning has never been more accessible. So the real question is, are we finished needing specialists?
Well, not necessarily. Hearing aids are a good example. Let’s envision that you develop a need for these beneficial little devices. Does that mean you should just drive up to the local pharmacy and pick up a pair of over-the-counter hearing aids? It sounds fairly effortless (and gives you the illusion of self-sufficiency), but there are a few considerable drawbacks. In fact, going to see a hearing specialist for hearing aids can help make your hearing aids more effective and more comfortable.
What are the signs of hearing loss?
The symptoms of hearing loss may seem clear-cut, even obvious. You are unable to hear as well, right? Well, yes, but the symptoms of hearing loss can be much more diverse, and much less obvious. In many cases, we are unaware of what to look for and we miss the signs of hearing loss.
Some of the most prevalent symptoms of hearing loss include the following:
- Needing people to repeat what they just said: You’re frequently needing people to repeat what they said. This is an indication of hearing loss, even if it feels like the volume is the problem. If you start to encounter a great many people who “mumble,” it may be your ears that are the issue.
- Fatigue and headaches: Often, when you have hearing loss, your brain fights to keep up. It’s having to work much harder to process information, it’s like squinting constantly, but with your ears. Exhaustion and chronic headaches can be the consequence.
- Having to constantly crank the volume up: Are you constantly turning the volume up on your television? Well, there’s your first common symptom. This one is often missed because it develops gradually over a long time period.
- Having a difficult time hearing when it’s loud: Do you have a tough time keeping up with conversations when you go out to dinner with family or friends? You should certainly pay attention if you detect this symptom because it’s a fairly strong indication of hearing loss.
Clearly, there are other signs of hearing loss besides these. Everybody’s hearing loss experience is unique. But you should absolutely come see us for a consultation if you are noticing any of these symptoms.
Can a diagnosis be useful?
So, you have hearing loss symptoms. Perhaps you should run out to your local box-store and purchase an over-the-counter hearing aid. Well, would you go out and purchase prescription glasses without getting an eye exam? It might work in some cases. But knowing more about your condition is really essential.
That’s because hearing loss is a complex problem. It’s not like the volume in your ear is simply turned down. Actually, people tend to lose their hearing in specific frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear get damaged.
And it frequently goes unnoticed. The brain is quite good at compensating for these things. Because of this, it’s typically necessary to get a hearing test. You might not even recognize you have hearing loss but a hearing assessment can expose any you may have. This will also help you know which frequencies you’re starting to lose (and as a result, you will be in a better position to manage symptoms.)
Visiting a hearing specialist has its benefits
When you go and buy a hearing aid at the store, you’ll be doing the best you can to match what’s available on the shelf with what you require.
But your hearing aids can be calibrated to your particular hearing needs if you consult with a hearing specialist. Your hearing specialist can help you choose the best device for your symptoms and then customize that device specifically for the frequency you need assistance with.
Your hearing specialist will also have the following benefits:
- When you have trouble using or comprehending how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help take you step-by-step through the process and be sure you comprehend how to get the most out of your devices.
- Programing your hearing aid more successfully is also something your hearing specialist can also assist you with. This is crucial to a quality experience with your devices.
- The ability to help you individualize the overall fit of your hearing aid, ensuring your devices are comfortable and work properly.
- Your hearing specialist can help you set up the appropriate maintenance for your hearing aid, ensuring that your devices last for as long as possible.
Even if you get lucky enough to select the best hearing aids for you, if don’t have the benefit of a hearing specialist, your hearing experience will most likely be less than optimal.
You will also be better able to manage your hearing loss symptoms with the help of a hearing specialist. With the right approach, you’ll be much less likely to lose friends or become isolated from your family because of your hearing loss symptoms. You’ll be able to maintain those relationships. And that can be incredibly important.
Not everything has to be DIY
Seeking help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are somehow less self-sufficient. Quite the opposite, actually. The right hearing aid can improve your independence and self-sufficiency.
Diagnosing your hearing loss, managing your symptoms, and choosing the correct hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.
In other words, if you suspect you have hearing loss, it’s time to give us a call!