Individuals are more self-dependent than ever. Want to remodel your kitchen? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? YouTube video. Want to learn how to do calligraphy? Yup…you guessed it…..YouTube.
Anything you want to learn, you can find, and there’s amazing potential to teach and train yourself on the Internet. Does that mean you’ll never need a specialist ever again?
Well, not necessarily. Hearing aids are a practical example. Let’s picture that you develop a need for these beneficial little devices. Should you run out to Walmart and pick up a set of over-the-counter hearing aids? Although this might make you feel self-sufficient and sound like the easy solution, there are some real downsides. Actually, your hearing aids will be more comfortable and effective if you come in to get a consultation with us.
Hearing loss signs
You may think that hearing loss symptoms are fairly self-evident. You can’t hear as well, right? Well, yes, but the symptoms of hearing loss can be much more variable, and much less evident. Indeed, people frequently miss the indications of hearing loss because they’re unsure about what to watch out for.
Some of the most common symptoms of hearing loss include the following:
- Headaches and tiredness: Your brain often has to work extra hard as it struggles to process sound. It’s like you’re continuously squinting with your ears as your brain works overtime attempting to process sound. Tiredness and chronic headaches can be the outcome.
- Having a hard time hearing when it’s noisy: Do you have a difficult time keeping up with discussions when you go out to eat with friends or family? You should certainly pay attention if you notice this symptom because it’s a fairly strong sign of hearing loss.
- Having to continually crank up the volume: Is the volume on your television constantly going up? Well, that’s a sign of hearing loss. This is one of the more evident ones, but it tends to progress so gradually that it’s frequently missed.
- Requesting that people repeat themselves: You may frequently ask people to repeat themselves. This is a sign of hearing loss, even if it feels like the volume is the problem. If you start to come across a great number of people who “mumble,” it might be your ears that are the issue.
Needless to say, these symptoms aren’t necessarily the only signs of hearing loss. Everyone’s hearing loss experience is distinctive. But if you are noticing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit us to get a diagnosis.
Why is a diagnosis useful?
So, you have hearing loss symptoms. Maybe you should run out to your local box-store and buy an over-the-counter hearing aid. Well, that would be sort of like purchasing some corrective glasses without knowing your prescription. It may work sometimes. But knowing more about your condition is definitely indispensable.
Everyone’s experience of hearing loss is distinct and complex. It’s not like someone just turns the volume knob in your ear. Actually, individuals tend to lose their hearing in specific frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear become damaged.
And most people don’t even detect it. The brain is very good at compensating for these things. Because of this, it’s usually necessary to get a hearing examination. This screening process can help you discover hearing loss you may not even recognize you have. You’ll also have the chance to correctly diagnose which frequencies tend to be fading the fastest (and be better able to manage your symptoms because of this.)
Benefits of working with a hearing specialist
When you go and buy a hearing aid at the store, you’ll be doing your best to match what’s available on the shelf with what you need.
But your hearing aids can be calibrated to your specific hearing needs if you go to a hearing specialist. We will help you choose the ideal device for your needs and we will tune it to boost the specific frequency that you’re having trouble hearing.
Here are some other advantages to seeing a hearing specialist:
- Your hearing specialist can also help you understand how to adjust your hearing aid effectively. So that you can get the best experience from your hearing aid, this is crucial.
- Your hearing specialist can help you set up the appropriate maintenance for your hearing aid, making sure that your devices last for as long as possible.
- Your hearing specialist can help you comprehend how to get the most out of your hearing aids if you’re having trouble understanding how to best use them.
- The ability to help you personalize the overall fit of your hearing aid, ensuring your devices are comfortable and work properly.
Even if you get lucky enough to pick the best hearing aids for you, if don’t have the benefit of a hearing specialist, your hearing experience will most likely be less than optimal.
You will also be better capable of managing your hearing loss symptoms with the assistance of a hearing specialist. With the right strategy, you’ll be much less likely to lose touch with friends or become distant with family on account of your hearing loss symptoms. Those connections will be maintained. And that can be extremely important.
Not everything has to be DIY
Getting help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are somehow less self-sufficient. Quite the opposite, actually. Your self-sufficiency and independence will be increased by using the right hearing aids.
Diagnosing your hearing loss, controlling your symptoms, and selecting the correct hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.
So give us a call so that we can help you address your hearing loss.