Hearing loss is a tough burden to bear. But if you suffer from it yourself, you should rejoice that you live in the 21st Century. Audiologists make great strides in our understanding of hearing loss and assistive listening technology every year. We’ve come a long way from the days of ear trumpets and hearing aids the size of a brick. Are you concerned you might need hearing aids yourself? Here are some signs that you do.
Can’t Hear Others in Noisy Environments
Chances are, we’ve all ended up in a restaurant or bar that was unpleasantly noisy. If you’ve been in this situation before, you may have found yourself asking your conversational partners to repeat themselves.
To some extent, this is normal. But if others in the group do not have so much difficulty hearing the conversation, then it could be a sign of hearing loss.
You Struggle Hearing People Wearing Masks
These days, people typically have to wear a mask when they’re out in public. Have you found yourself struggling to understand people wearing masks, or when you otherwise can’t see their face? If so, you might need hearing aids.
The truth is that simple cloth masks do very little to muffle sound. If you have hearing loss, there’s a chance that you rely on lip-reading to fill in the gaps. It’s a misconception that those with severe hearing loss can understand what you’re saying just by reading your lips, but it does help. Perhaps you rely on it yourself more than you realize.
You Feel Isolated
Everyone knows that being hard of hearing isn’t easy. But one thing people don’t so often talk about is how isolating it can be. After all, what unites people more than conversation?
Individuals with hearing loss might feel hesitant to ask people to repeat themselves. They might do this so as not to put a burden on others. Maybe they feel insecure. Or perhaps they think their company might become frustrated with them. Whatever the case may be, they will end up feeling withdrawn and isolated as a result.
If this sounds like you, then you almost certainly have hearing loss. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because you can hear people fine means you don’t need hearing aids. If you have trouble understanding conversation, hearing aids can help.
The good news is that you don’t have to feel isolated as a result of your hearing loss. Contact us today for a hearing evaluation.
Contact Bay Area Audiology Today
Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
You can always come into the office or contact us in advance to set up an appointment. We also provide updates on our social media websites. You can check out our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to keep up with Bay Area Audiology.
Don’t hesitate–we can help.