Sound advice about hearing loss
Are you constantly turning up the television or asking people to repeat themselves? If the answer is yes, you could be one of the many Canadians with hearing loss. Many of us take our hearing for granted, so when faced with hearing loss, it can be a source of stress and worry.
If your hearing loss is becoming an issue, you’re not alone – up to 27% of Canadian adults report having some hearing loss. This percentage dramatically increases as we age, with 44 percent of those aged 60-69 and 66 percent of those aged 70-79 affected. But don’t be one of the many who wait six to 10 years to seek help once they start experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, advises the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS). While some may choose to ignore or deny their hearing loss, the consequences of undiagnosed hearing loss can be significant, says CHS’s Chief Audiologist Rex Banks. Depression, isolation and withdrawal can all be brought on from hearing loss, as well as strained relationships caused by miscommunication and frustration.
Founded in 1940, CHS is a charitable agency and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who Deaf and hard of hearing.
The first step to dealing with hearing loss is booking an appointment to get your hearing tested with a CHS audiologist to help determine your needs. Whether it’s a hearing aid, an assistive listening device or communication strategies, the audiologist will help reconnect you with the people and the world around you.
“If you do have hearing loss, it can be managed,” Banks says. “In fact, 90 percent of people with hearing loss can improve communication with properly fitted hearing instruments, rehabilitative counselling and education. Although hearing instruments are an imperfect solution to a complicated problem, they have come light years in terms of the technologies and features that are available now compared to the past.”
Hearing aids have certainly come a long way from the large and obvious devices of the past. Small and unobtrusive, many of today’s hearing aids use directional microphones to adapt to your environment and reduce background noise, and have mini internal computers that learn your listening preferences and interface with various Bluetooth accessories.
Early detection is key and annual retesting is important to track deterioration or improvements and reassess your treatment, according to CHS. If you or someone you know are experiencing hearing loss symptoms, book an appointment with a CHS audiologist to get more information.
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