We are born with two ears and we spend our entire lives using them to listen to our friends and family, enjoy the beautiful sounds of music, and interacting with the world at large.
There is one problem everyone eventually must face, and that is what to do when our hearing starts to slip away. Our ears are incredibly sensitive systems, and over time certain parts of our bodies just wear out. If we were having this conversation 100 years ago, we addressed this issue by shouting at those with hearing loss, or by placing bizarre trumpets or cones into our ears to amplify sound.
Fortunately, we are living in America in the 21st century and we aren’t alone in the fight against hearing loss. Innovative companies from around the world have teamed up to develop incredibly sophisticated audio systems that are scarcely larger than a pea that we call Hearing Aids. These programmable tools are the best weapon we have in the fight against hearing loss, and the secret to their success isn’t inside the device at all.
As with all tools, the professional who wields the device defines the difference between a shoddy job and a masterpiece. Audiologists will meticulously test your range of hearing by using a whole range of equipment to carefully gauge the extent of your loss. However, observing this data only provides the first half of the equation when it comes to configuring a Hearing Aid properly. The second half gets to the very core of what “Hearing for Life” really means.
A perfectly programmed hearing aid means nothing if you aren’t able to hear the way you want to. You use your ears to live your life, and how you hear at the end of the day is all that matters when it comes to dealing with hearing loss. After all, it is your life we are talking about!
It’s important to ask yourself, “Am I hearing as well as I should be?”
If anything other than an immediate “Yes” comes to mind, it’s critically important to have your hearing tested at an Audiology Clinic. Unfortunately most hearing loss is progressive in nature, meaning the loss accelerates and builds on itself. Your ear is like a muscle and if you stop hearing, your auditory nerve may start to lose function, leaving very little for your audiologist to work with.
This is because hearing aids are not a replacement for your ears, they are only a tool to supplement what you already have. They can deliver amazing results when used properly, but it is important to start using them as soon as hearing loss begins to show. Waiting until the last possible moment can result in you requiring a significantly more expensive model of hearing aid!
You may not be the first person to find an issue with your hearing, as it is very common that your family and friends generally notice first. If you have any doubt at all, ask for the honest opinion of your loved ones. Afterwards, the first step to taking control of your life is to seek help from an audiology professional who has your best interests at heart.