It can be hard to grapple with the fact that your hearing is changing. Many people minimize their condition or go into denial, while others become withdrawn and socially isolated because of their increased struggles to communicate.
If you’ve noticed that your hearing isn’t what it used to be, take the following steps to help come to terms with your hearing loss.
Communicate Your Needs and Share Your Feelings
Talking about your hearing loss might be one of the last things you want to do. Perhaps you feel embarrassed, or maybe you worry that by asking others to do things like repeat themselves or speak more slowly that you’ll become a burden. However, communicating your needs and feelings can be incredibly beneficial not just for you but for those you’re closest to as well.
The truth is that hearing loss can take a toll on relationships and can leave both those with the condition and their loved ones feeling frustrated and misunderstood. It’s entirely possible that your family members and friends have noticed your struggles, even if you haven’t mentioned them. Acknowledging your hearing problems allows you both to talk about ways to improve communication and prevents feelings from being bottled up.
Seek Treatment for Your Hearing Loss
While it may seem obvious, seeking treatment is the absolute best thing you can do for your hearing loss. Make an appointment for a hearing test at the first sign of any issues. Sometimes, the issue is actually temporary and due to earwax buildup or other blockages in your ear. However, in cases where your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, you still have options to help improve your hearing.
Hearing aids are the most common form of treatment. Your audiologist will work with you to help find the right pair that meet your needs and fit in with your lifestyle. While they may take a bit of getting used to, hearing aids can help you better understand and communicate with others when at work, talking on the phone or spending the afternoon with your grandchildren at the Vero Beach boardwalk.
Take the first step towards better hearing health and call Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center today to schedule an appointment.