When you think of hearing loss, you most likely think of the aged, and yes, one in three elderly people between the ages of 65 and 74 experiences hearing loss with the number jumping to one in two by the age of 75. However, hearing loss is not confined to the elderly; one in five teenagers experiences some degree of hearing loss. The hard truth is that anyone, no matter their age, can begin to lose their hearing. The good news is that Dr. Youkilis, Dr. Beach, Dr. Bruggers, and their professional staff at Northside ENT can help you rediscover the joy of hearing.
What Are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss doesn’t usually occur overnight, so it can be hard to tell if you are losing your hearing. Following are some signs that you may have a hearing problem:
Using the Telephone
Do you have trouble understanding what the other person is saying to you when you are talking to someone on the telephone? Do you have to ask them to repeat themselves often? Do you have trouble understanding the dialogue of internet videos on your phone?
Do you have trouble deciphering what the people on your favorite television show are saying to each other? Do you sometimes use closed captioning, so you can keep up with what is happening, or do you turn up the television so loudly that others complain?
Talking to People
Do you struggle to understand what the friends sitting across from you in a busy restaurant are saying? Do you ever feel frustrated or embarrassed when you meet someone because you struggle to understand what they say? Do you have trouble hearing in everyday settings, like with family, friends, or clients? Does it ever sound like others are mumbling?
Do Hearing Aids Really Work?
The short answer is — yes, hearing aids do work for most people. They are just small electronic devices that magnify sound. Here are a few facts about hearing aids:
What Can a Hearing Aid Do For Me?
A hearing aid can help you:
- Hear sounds you haven’t heard in some time
- Hear over the phone more clearly
- Hear in person with more clarity
- Hear sounds as less muffled
What Types of Hearing Aids Are There?
Hearing aids can fit behind the ear, in the ear, or inside the ear canal. They can be fully noticeable, almost unnoticeable, or completely invisible when worn. Some can even be worn 24 hours a day for up to 120 days.