If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss then you may feel despondent and worried about making new changes to your life. You don’t have to be. Hearing aids are incredibly common and easy to use and can make a huge difference to your quality of life. Hearing things better, means that you feel better and can engage in those great conversations again. Whilst hearing aids can’t cure hearing loss, they can improve it and make it manageable.
What is a hearing aid and why do I really need it?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear and they should fit snugly into the ear without discomfort or even really knowing that it’s there. It makes some sounds louder by magnifying them with a microphone type device so that a person with hearing loss can hear much more effectively and therefore be able to communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities better. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations and therefore allow them to continue life as normal, whether that’s in their personal or professional life. If you have any type of hearing loss, a hearing aid is going to be the best option for you. Most hearing issues can be helped by a hearing aid. However, many people choose not to wear them. Perhaps this is down to not feeling as if you need one or choosing denial over action. It is believed that only 1 in 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually choose to use them. It isn’t a cure for hearing loss but it is certainly going to make things much easier. Types of conditions and diseases can be linked to hearing loss, so if you have any symptoms that tie in with your hearing loss, it’s vital that you go see your GP to rule things out. Certain types of hearing loss can be caused by:
- Damage to the inner ear- Often wear and tear from aging and exposure to loud noise (very common).
- Gradual buildup of earwax.
- Ear infection and abnormal bone growths or tumors (much less common)
- Ruptured eardrum
- Meniere’s disease
What types of things do I need for my hearing aid?
If you have chosen to buy a hearing aid, you may want to look at some hearing aid accessories. These will make your life much easier and will help you make the most out of your hearing aid. From bluetooth transmitters, to charging ports, you can always be ready to travel and have any assistance for your hearing aid on standby. You can learn more about hearing aid accessories and see what will be best suited to you. You might even want a remote control for your hearing aid – everything can be taken care of to allow you a more smooth running life again. So book that hearing test and see what can be done for you, there is always someone out there to help.