How Can I Tell

Not loud and clear – How can I tell if I have hearing loss?

Did someone say you should get your hearing tested?

It’s common that people think they hear better than they do. Perhaps your children complain that you have the TV too loud, or you think people mumble when you speak with them on the phone (or you can’t hear people on your cell phone at all). There are lots of ways to know that it’s time to have your hearing professionally assessed. Here are some of the most common signs of hearing loss:

  • You think people mumble
  • It’s easier to understand others when you look directly at them
  • You often ask people to repeat what they say
  • People complain that you have the radio or TV too loud
  • You find it difficult to understand speech in noisy places like cars or restaurants
  • You didn’t catch a doctor’s instructions about medications
  • You make inappropriate responses because you didn’t understand the question
  • Communicating on the phone is difficult – and even worse on a mobile
  • You don’t always hear your alarm clock
  • The volume is too low in a movie theater

Solution – Take Away the Guesswork

Get an objective and professional opinion and stop arguing with loved ones

Early diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss is crucial to improve your quality of life. The examination is virtually painless. And we will open the dialogue in a friendly, non-confrontational atmosphere, when we will discuss relevant issues:

  • When did you notice a hearing problem (or how long have others noticed) and is it worse now?
  • Do you have any related problems, such as an illness, wax buildup or fluid in your ear, and do you hear ringing or buzzing?
  • Does hearing loss run in your family?Have you had a head injury, been exposed to loud noise or taken high doses of antibiotics, etc.

After this discussion, our professionals will measure your hearing across a detailed range of sound frequencies at different noise levels – with and without background noise. Once your hearing has been assessed, we can discuss options to help – or keep the information as a baseline for future visits.

Admit it, you don’t want to admit it.

There are lots of myths about hearing aids that need busting

People use plenty of excuses to avoid getting a hearing aid, but this is one case where the fears have no basis. Getting your hearing examined is easier than checking your vision (we think!), and unlike getting a cavity filled, it’s painless.

  • Myth – Hearing aids will make me look old!
  • Busted – Nope! There are designer behind-the-ear aids in a variety of colors and styles and in-the-canal aids that you can barely see.
  • Myth – Everyone will notice
  • Busted – Only if you want them to! Today, stylish design is a key component of modern hearing aids.
  • Myth – All they do is make noisy places noisier
  • Busted – The minicomputers inside hearing aids help the brain differentiate speech from background noise.
  • Myth – Coworkers will think I’m less able to handle my work
  • Busted – Besides the fact that you shouldn’t worry about what judgmental colleagues think, they should know that you’re taking care of yourself and making it easier to do your job, just like when people wear glasses.
  • Myth – I can’t afford it
  • Busted – Can you afford NOT to hear well? Untreated hearing impairment has associated costs. The assessment is free, and over time hearing aids can cost less than a cup of coffee per day. These minicomputers increase your quality of life (which is priceless), and make it easier for you to conduct your business. Some insurance will help cover expenses, and we have financing options to ease the burden. But with hearing aids, the benefits outweigh the costs!
  • Myth – I won’t be able to talk on the phone
  • Busted – Have you been avoiding speaking on the phone already? Hearing aids are designed to use while on the phone – and some are Bluetooth®-compatible to work with cell phones, laptops and regular land-lines. Improved communication on the phone will be one of the most obvious benefits to new hearing aids.

The reality is that today’s hearing aids are small enough to be barely noticeable, yet powerful enough to make a huge difference to your lifestyle. But perhaps the best “excuse” to get a hearing aid is for a better quality of life. You won’t feel isolated from family and friends or miss important information at work. And you are safer knowing you can hear traffic better and not miss sirens, alarm clocks or timers. Hearing aid users report improved feelings about themselves, relationships with others, their mental health and overall quality of life.

Can hearing aids be almost invisible?

Hearing loss is far more noticeable than hearing aids.

You may be the right candidate for the kind of hearing aid that can be custom-fitted to reside in your ear canal, making them invisible when worn. Other hearing aids also range in size and color and can be very cosmetically discreet. Besides being quite chic, today’s hearing aids are more high-tech, even offering Bluetooth® technology. Our hearing care professional will be happy to discuss the various options available to you.