If you have hearing loss and have used hearing aids in the past you already know not all hearing aids are created equally. Hearing aids are also only a portion of the complete hearing health process. Working with an experienced and professional Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Specialist to specifically program a hearing aid to an individual person’s specific hearing loss is what brings your hearing healthcare full circle.
As with many other health issues, hearing loss is commonly linked to various additional health conditions. It is only within the last several years that hearing loss has been linked to disabling health conditions. Hearing loss creates a sort of petri-dish that cultivates the progression of other health issues. Hearing loss supports social isolation and loneliness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, such as serious cognitive decline connected to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, clinical depression, balance and fall issues among the older demographic, heart disease and more.
The Answer is Yes. Hearing loss can run in our genes. In fact, hearing loss can be caused by gene mutations, which can result in several forms of hearing loss. Some of these genes allow people to be more susceptible to age-related hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, ototoxicity and inner ear infections that can result in permanent hearing loss.
It’s not easy to admit to yourself that you could be living with untreated hearing loss. Taking the first step toward better hearing healthcare and working to treat hearing loss can take you down many different paths. It’s important to realize you will have emotions connected to your hearing loss and that is ok and perfectly normal. You are not alone.
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Hearing loss can be caused by aging, as well as noise, disease and heredity. Although some people do experience age-related hearing loss, this does not mean that it should be left untreated. Unfortunately, many people who experience hearing loss purchase mail-order hearing devices and/or over-the-counter (OTC)hearing aids without consulting an Audiologist. Although some people may get lucky and such devices could be useful to them, the majority of people who purchase OTC hearing aids end up giving up on the devices due to inaccurate programming for their specific hearing loss.
There are many reasons people choose to put off either getting hearing aids or taking the initial steps to find out about their hearing capabilities, or lack thereof. Because of factors, such as intimidation and/or apprehension toward the hearing loss process, denial, financial concern, etc., many people avoid seeking hearing healthcare assistance for a very long time. In fact, the average time a person waits to seek hearing help is approximately 7 years.
Nowadays we can basically find everything we need or want online, including hearing aids. But, like the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. In this case, hearing aids are tricky to get exactly right in an over-the-counter type of setting. Much like our finger prints, our ear shapes are all different making it very difficult for a mass-produced over-the-counter hearing aid to really work as hearing aids are intended.