Considering the staggering statistics (750 million adults worldwide) of people living with hearing loss across the globe, the signs of hearing loss have never been more important to know. In fact, hearing loss has become such a wide-spread health issue in the past decade, top researchers at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and The National Health & Retirement Study have produced study results concluding that untreated hearing loss and prolonged hearing loss may result in mental (psychological and cognitive) and social problems that affect quality of life, as well as brain function and various health conditions.
The top five warning signs that you, or a loved one, may be suffering from hearing loss include;
- You often think other people around you are mumbling. Interpreting conversations feel fuzzy and take extra effort to think about and understand.
- You frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves and you strain to hear exact words in order to piece together conversations.
- Being in noisy surroundings is challenging for you. Restaurants and group gatherings become exhausting and you sometimes disregard conversations because of the effort involved in listening.
- Over time you have increased the volume of your electronics; TV, radio, tablets, etc. You often find these volumes to be louder than other people in the room feel comfortable with.
- You may experience periodic or frequent episodes of Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears or the sensation of buzzing or humming, hissing or chirping sounds that vary in intensity and period of time.
How Hearing Loss Impacts Your Life
Hearing loss impacts our ability to collect sounds around us clearly and then figure out the difference between speech noises and background noises. Hearing loss also makes speech recognition difficult in general. The longer people with hearing loss wait to seek help for their hearing loss, the more challenging social interactions and understanding speech becomes for the person with hearing loss. Issues of working to rebuild speech and hearing capabilities become a realization and can be challenging, especially in later years.
According to The Hearing Loss Association of America, “people wait an average of seven years from the time they first experience changes in their hearing to the time they decide to seek treatment.” Seven years is a long time for your brain to go without hearing certain sounds. Because hearing loss occurs gradually over time, the majority of people instinctively change their behaviors to accommodate their new hearing challenges.
Hearing Aids can only work with the hearing you have left. Hearing Aids simply cannot restore your hearing to that of your youth. This is why it is so vital for people experiencing hearing loss to seek help.
Living In Rhode Island, Massachusetts with a Hearing Loss?
Physicians Hearing Solutions is committed to working together to bring the most quality hearing healthcare to our patients in order to achieve our overall goal of improving all of our patients with an increased quality of life. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to earning the trust and respect of all of our patients, through providing professionalism; ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment; exceeding your expectations; listening to those we are privileged to serve; and always striving for continuous improvements at all levels.
Free Hearing Screening in Rhode Island
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, we offer specialized hearing help from determining a hearing loss to finding the right hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. Physicians Hearing Solutions also offers patients the choice of seeing one of our professionals. Our hearing healthcare professionals offer patients a clear path to better hearing health combined with specialized hearing support services. Each of the Physicians Hearing Solutions team member’s value providing a superior patient experience and quality hearing healthcare services to all patients, every time. Schedule your free hearing screening today: (401) 921-0181 or find us online at: www.phsdocs.com.