Our ears are very delicate instruments, and our ability to hear can diminish for a number of reasons. The majority of people develop a hearing loss as they get older. Over time, part of the ear’s delicate mechanisms may break down or simply wear out.
Excessive noise exposure is one of many reasons for developing a hearing loss.
Regardless of the cause, the real problem is that most people don’t know that they can be helped.
Did You Know?
– About 20% of Americans, report some degree of hearing loss.
– At age 65, one out of every three people has a hearing loss.
– Hearing loss is often confused with, or complicates, conditions such as dementia or depression.
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We’ve all seen relatives or friends whether older than us or younger than us who suffer from some degree of hearing loss. It can feel like you are in the middle of a comedy routine with incorrect responses and simply not understanding what someone is saying. The ongoing repeating of words and statements can get very old fast. Not to mention having to raise your voice all the time!
As a hearing healthcare provider, we are always seeing patients who take years to get their hearing checked. The average person waits 7-10 years before they do something about their hearing loss, so what gives? First and foremost, many people are simply in denial about their loss. You simply don’t think you have a problem. Men are generally more stubborn with this than women, just like healthcare in general. I hear what I want to hear! Sorry Bob, but to be fully engaged in your life you must be fully engaged in your hearing! The patient with hearing loss is always the last one to notice it. What you hear and understand everyday simply becomes the norm for you. You are used to hearing that way therefore you think it Is perfectly normal.
We like to blame our hearing loss on other people. It’s not me they just need to speak up and stop mumbling. This is half right. Yes, you can hear, but you cannot understand. Consonants become difficult to hear due to your hearing loss. Generally, it’s a spouse, significant other, close friend etc. that bears the brunt of poor speech discrimination. They are the ones that push the patient to see professional help.