Six Signs You Need To Think About Hearing Aids
If you recognise any of these signs of hearing loss, call us Quick!
We saw a great article from Widex a while ago and it got us thinking about our Patients. The article deatailed six signs that you should consider hearing aids. Some background here, Widex is one of the hearing aid manufacturers that we use at Connect Hearing. They have some really innovative features and hearing aids that we use for certain Patients with certain problems. Great technology and a fantastic company to work with.
As we said, the article was about some of the common signs that somebody has a hearing loss. It was really relevant to us because the signs were pretty much the things that Patients complain about when we first meet them. So without further adieu, lets have a look at it.
It isn’t a secret that people often delay getting their hearing tested, so believe us when we say, you’re not alone if you are ignoring the voice in your head that says you probably aren't hearing properly. You may well know the signs of hearing loss, but you might not realise how it is affecting your day to day life. Or what effect it is having on your family’s life.
6 signs you should invest in hearing aids
Hearing the TV
Hey, we all know there is nothing on the telly, but just occasionally when they do the Godfather one and two repeats, it's actually worth watching, but, you can’t hear it! Difficulty hearing the television is one of the most common complaints among people with hearing loss. The initial reaction by most is to turn up the tv volume, much to the irritation of other family members, the neighbours, the people that live two roads over, you get the gist. Hearing aids paired with assistive listening devices like TV-DEX can help you enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies without the volume being so loud that the neighbours get a petition together. Hey, think about the joy of being able to curse at the TV the next time a politician comes on, you will even know what you are cursing at.
The wife Wants To Kill You
Yes, when the wife gives you the beady eye and starts looking up hits are us, you know there is a problem. Its kind of like waking up with the pillow over your face, you know you have been snoring right? it's the same when your spouse tells you that you aren’t hearing correctly. Hearing loss can affect relationships as communications becomes increasingly more difficult. An article by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association states that, “As audiologists, we are not surprised to hear that the spouse or significant other has been frustrated by the hearing loss long before the individual with the hearing loss even acknowledges it.” So, if the wife says something like you aren't hearing well, with the beady eye and the carving knife in her hand, call us quick!
Can't hear your grandchildren
Hey, the rugrats, great fun, fill them full of chocolate and red lemonade, shake slightly for effect and hand them back. Getting your own back on your kids can be so much fun! Even better, grandchildren tend to be a joy, all fun and no responsibility, how much better can life get? Its no fun if you can't hear them, young children’s voices are especially difficult to hear given their high pitches and odd pronunciations. Hearing aids can definitely help hear (see what we did there).
Can't hear conversation in noise
You have trouble following conversation in a crowded restaurant or down the pub, noisy restaurants make for difficult listening environments for people with average hearing levels. Communication in those situations can be impossible for people with hearing loss. Luckily hearing aids are equipped with directional microphones, speech enhancers, and feedback cancellation to help in just these types of situations. So you can go out socially and relax, enjoying the to and fro of good conversation.
The Sorry Whats?
What did you say?” “Huh?” “Come again?” any of that sound familiar? They’re common expressions for people with undiagnosed hearing loss. Modern hearing aids are made to focus on speech, so they help you focus on the conversation and you won’t feel like you are always missing out.It will also stop all of your friends and family thinking of murdering you, that has to be a good outcome.
Putting off a hearing test
You keep putting off that visit to the hearing professional – Statistics show that only 20 percent of those who might benefit from a hearing aid actually buy one. So you are not alone in making empty promises to your family about getting a hearing evaluation. Don't sweat it, we can make your first hearing examination quick and painless, we even promise we won't get you in the headlock (okay, we are probably lying about that, Angela does a mean headlock).
So if you recognise any of these signs, maybe its time you gave us a call, we offer hearing aids and free hearing tests in in our hearing aid centres in Stillorgan and Fairview, Dublin, Ardee & Letterkenny and clinics across Ireland. Give us a call on 1800 848 888 or book an appointment online, its free and we won't even use the headlock!