The New Era of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids have come a long way, both in size and technology. Most now are essentially invisible. Technology now allows devices to wirelessly communicate with each other, providing more natural sound and better understanding in noisy situations. They can also wirelessly connect to your cell phone, landline phone and televisions.
Hearing loss is very common
Remember, there is nothing wrong about having a hearing loss – it will happen to almost everyone, similar to how many people will need glasses as they age.
Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss is linked to dementia and brain atrophy. People with hearing loss tend to withdraw from social situations, get tired and frustrated easily, and get depressed more often.
If you have never had a hearing evaluation, it is a quick, painless visit. It is important to see a physician to rule out medical issues as a cause or contributing factor to you hearing loss. The hearing evaluation should be done by an audiologist. Audiologists receive extensive education in hearing and balance disorders. Most audiologists have earned masters and/or doctoral degrees and you may see the initials Au.D. (Doctor of audiology – clinical degree) or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy – research and/or clinical research degree) to designate.
An audiologist is the most qualified professional to guide you in selecting a solution to your hearing issue. You can get the best device in the world, but if it is not programmed by an experienced, educated professional, it may not work properly and could potentially cause further damage. Also, it is a law that you have a trial period with any device in many states, including Florida. There are many options available to meet your budget and your lifestyle.
If you need help and decide to try some devices, you will find the world will begin to open up again and you will find yourself hearing sounds that you have not heard for a while. Hopefully you will feel more empowered to take an active part in your life again. Communication with others will improve and you may notice that you are not as tired from having to concentrate so hard to understand people you communicate with.
What better hearing can help you DO.
- Feel more confident in social situations
- Participate much more easily in conversations in noisy places
- Feel less stressed and more relaxed
- Hear what people are saying in meetings or in religious gatherings
- Understand television, even when others are in the room
- Use your telephone more easily
- Talk on your cell phone
- Connect more to other people and feel included
It’s never too late to make a positive difference in your life!
Contact Kathleen Rocuant Au.D, Mark Montgomery MD and Jan Dolan, PA