If you discovered your eyesight was getting worse would you  wait seven to ten years to get new glasses? The truth is  that’s   about how long the average person waits before treating a hearing loss. 30   million Americans suffer from hearing loss.  It’s quit common.Hearing loss is denied for multiple reasons, such as being   afraid of looking different with a hearing aid. Some are afraid of looking   old, or don’t want to be thought of as having a disability. Others may not   realize their hearing loss is causing problems in daily interactions or   others may think the loss isn’t significant enough for a hearing aid.DENIERS use these common techniques.

– shifting blame to other things or other people

-avoidance (if you don’t have to listen to people you don’t have   to deal with the problem)

-asking you to repeat yourself

Things   they may be experiencing because of the hearing loss are: anger, stress,   depression, failed relationships, and lack of social life (crowded settings   are difficult to navigate), fatigue, negativity,   irritability, tension, isolation, reduced alertness, impaired memory, poor   job performance, and sometimes overall health.

Clues to look for when someone is losing their hearing.

-difficulty listening to the TV

-ringing in the ears

-saying you mumble

-or saying the room is too loud

What can you do to end the frustration?

If you are the one with the hearing loss, accept the fact that   you have a hearing loss and recognize the consequences this has on your own   life and the lives of your family members when you ask them repeatedly to   interpret your surroundings all the time.

If you are a family member, you will have to stop enabling this   hearing difficient family member and stop repeating yourself, raising your   voice and acting as messengers.  Explain to them in a calm and loving   voice  what you are having to do for them and their hearing loss.    Help them understand how often they need your assistance  to hear, and   the effect it is having on you and other the family members. Most people don’t   know that their hearing loss becomes their entire family’s problem.

Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the Better Hearing   Institute (BHI),  ” Being the ears of a loved one is not an act of   love….By compensating for their hearing loss in this manner, the family is   actually enabling the hearing loss to have a negative impact on may aspects   of their loved one’s quality of life.”

It is difficult to recognize hearing loss because the sounds   don’t just get softer, they become distorted.  We don’t hear the   consonant sounds as easily and those sounds carry the meaning of the words.    The result is lots of misunderstandings.

The most common factor is age, but we are seeing more and more   people in their 20’s and 30’s with extreme hearing loss because of the   playing devices with ear buds that fit down in the ears.  They can   and do destroy the delicate hairs in the ear, which is permanent.

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may be losing   their/your hearing, tackling the problem early can improve both their/your   hearing and your quality of life, including your relationships.

There is such a variety of products available   today to fit every lifestyle and every concern you may be having. Some   that conceal in the canal of the ear. Some are so well designed that MOST   people cannot even tell you are wearing a hearing helper at all. Some have   WiFi or Bluetooth connections that feed sounds directly from your   cell phone or television right to the hearing aid. Rather than turning   up the volume. The list has endless possibilities.  The best way to   explain it to you is to show you what your missing with a live   demonstration.

Don’t hesitate to make an appointment for a consultation.

I hope this information has been helpful.

if you have any questions, please call (719) 276-1082

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