Can't hear clearly? Is that a type of hearing loss?
No one wants to hear that they have hearing loss. The diagnosis can cause fear, frustration or even denial.
The hard fact is that many of us will experience hearing loss if we haven’t already. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, 33% of Americans between the ages of 65-74 and nearly 50% of those 75 and older have hearing loss.
So, do you have hearing loss?
You may think hearing loss is difficulty hearing every sound, but that’s not always the case. Even if you feel like you can still hear things, you might be missing some of the finer points of the conversation and sounds around you. Here’s what you need to know.
Hearing loss is a multifaceted condition as unique in its characteristics as the person it affects. It can be in one or both ears. It can be mild, moderate or severe, and it can encompass varying frequencies from low to high.
On top of that, hearing loss is often so gradual and symptoms so mild that it goes unnoticed for years, having little effect on a person’s day-to-day life. This could account for the number of people that go undiagnosed for so long.
Being aware of the symptoms of hearing loss, even the more subtle symptoms, could help you or a loved one identify and treat hearing loss early to avoid more serious hearing loss and health concerns down the road.
High-frequency hearing loss
For many people, as they age, the ability to hear certain frequencies becomes more difficult. Especially high frequencies. In everyday life, this may not hinder hearing too much, but it can impact the clarity of sounds.
Conversation can become difficult to understand even though it can be heard. This difficulty may be talking with people directly or over the phone.
Television and radio may become challenging to understand and even distorted despite the higher volume.
Women and children can be especially difficult to understand.
On top of this loss of clarity in sounds, you may also find yourself unusually tired as the day goes on thanks to listening fatigue. This means the added strain on your brain of trying to decode the sounds and speech around you drain your energy.
If any of these sound familiar, you may have hearing loss, and it could be time to see a hearing healthcare provider.
Treating hearing loss
If you haven’t had a hearing evaluation recently, especially if you suspect hearing loss, it may be time to schedule one. Your hearing healthcare provider can then diagnose any hearing loss and suggest treatment options such as a hearing aid. This can not only help you hear more clearly but also:
Reduce listening fatigue
Reduce the risk of anxiety, increased risk of depression, social isolation and even cognitive decline
Stop sacrificing your health, well-being and clarity of your conversations by avoiding what may be high-frequency hearing loss. Contact our office today to schedule a hearing evaluation and start treating your hearing loss.