You And Your Hearing
Do you find that you are missing parts of conversations? Do some people sound like they are mumbling to you? Do you say to people I can hear you, but I can't quite make out what you are saying? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a hearing loss. Sometimes it is difficult to tell because hearing loss most often occurs gradually such that you are not aware of it. Answer the following questions:
- Do family members complain about your inability to hear?
- Do you have difficulty understanding what people are saying in noisy places?
- Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do you find yourself avoiding social situations because you cannot hear?
- Do you turn up the volume on the TV so loud that others are complaining?
- Do you have a history of exposure to loud noise (loud concerts, guns, construction, etc.)?
- Do you have difficulty hearing familiar sounds like the telephone and/or doorbell?
If you experience any or all of these problems on a consistent basis, you may have a hearing loss. You are not alone! As many as 10% of the Canadian population have a hearing loss; that's almost 3 million people! Worldwide there are 500 million people with hearing loss. Hearing loss is the second most common complaint of older adults.
It is a popular misconception that many of these are over the age of 65 but as many as half are under the age of 65. Hearing loss often occurs very gradually, as with aging or noise exposure, such that the person with the hearing loss does not even notice it. Of course others do. One out of twelve 30 year olds already has some hearing loss, and one out of eight 50 year olds has some hearing impairment.
If you suspect that you may have a hearing loss you need to see a qualified AUDIOLOGIST to have your hearing evaluated. An AUDIOLOGIST is a health professional trained to evaluate, diagnose, and rehabilitate those with hearing loss. They have an advanced university education (Master's or Doctorate) in Audiology. They will provide the full range of tests necessary to determine the exact nature of your hearing loss and whether your condition warrants medical attention. No one is too young to have a hearing test, even a newborn. Audiologists can select, fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive listening devices such as FM systems and infrared systems. As well they provide patient and family counseling about living with a hearing loss and hearing conservation programs to prevent hearing loss.
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, call Barb Bentley at Bentley Hearing Services for a consultation.