June 7, 2017 Hearing Loss
Have you started noticing that your spouse, grandkids, or even coworkers are beginning to mumble? Is it even more challenging when you go to a restaurant for dinner? Then it may be time to ask yourself a few questions:
1. Are you asking for frequent repetitions?
2. Is it hard to hear certain voices such as women’s and children’s voices?
3. Do others comment on how loud you set the TV volume?
4. Do you find trying to hear at restaurants frustrating or exhausting?
5. Do you always feel that people are mumbling?
6. Do you have to be facing and standing close to the person you are conversing with?
If you are answering yes to one or more of these questions it may be time to have a baseline hearing evaluation. Hearing loss most commonly occurs in a gradual manner, making it very difficult to notice. For most patients, it is actually a spouse or loved one that notices the hearing difficulties well before they do. This is why many people wait so long to come in for a hearing test; they wait until it becomes noticeable to themselves and begins to interfere in daily life.
To an audiologist, a hearing evaluation may seem no different than a regular medical evaluation such as bloodwork or a physical. However, for the patient, this is frequently seen as a very big step and may even be put off several years after first noticing hearing difficulties. We are here to encourage you to take that step, come in, and have your hearing evaluated. It is our job to help answer all of your questions or concerns, and to make the process as simple as possible for you. Who knows, maybe there is something that could be done so that hearing doesn’t have to be a source of frustration in your life anymore!