For most of your life, hearing has been effortless. You listened without thinking, conversed with ease and woke from sleep to subtle noises. Lately, things have changed. You are now asking people to repeat themselves. You realize the TV is too loud for everyone but you. Do you still wake up to the smell of coffee, but no longer hear its gentle drip?
Know you are not alone
Hearing loss affects one in three adults and is the third most common health problem in the United States. It is common for people to disregard their hearing loss for five to seven years. However, by putting off the inevitable, it will become harder to rectify the problem and take longer for you to hear well again.
If you are experiencing signs of hearing loss, it is time to schedule a hearing evaluation
Whether you consult with an audiologist, hearing instrument specialist or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, it is important to see someone who specializes in hearing problems. Together, we can help you rediscover hearing, so you can continue to live a rich, active and fulfilling life, unaffected by hearing loss.
Steps to better hearing
If you have never visited a hearing care professional, you may feel unsure of what to expect during your first appointment. Rest assured that your needs will be addressed by a licensed hearing care professional with the qualifications and expertise to evaluate and advise you.
The appointment with your hearing care professional will be a pleasant experience that is informative and will provide you with insight into your personal hearing needs.
Expect to spend some time getting to know your hearing care professional, who will also get to know you, your history, what you are experiencing and how it may be affecting your life.
It is recommended that a trusted friend or family member accompany you to your appointment. They can help you communicate with the health care professional and ensure you get all the information you need.
Till next time,
Kostas (Gus) Neoclis, Sc.D., CCC-A, Audiologist