Do I Need a Hearing Aid?

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Are you wondering if a hearing aid is right for you? Are you unsure if you are experiencing hearing loss? Our experts composed a list of the early warning signs of hearing loss, which could help you determine if it’s time for you to schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional.

Make an appointment today if you often experience any of the following:

  • Complain that people are mumbling when speaking to you.
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they have said.
  • The television or radio is generally louder than other people.
  • Have difficulty understanding conversations when you are in a group.
  • Have trouble understanding someone if they are speaking to you from a different room.
  • You’ve noticed yourself becoming more impatient, irritable, frustrated, or withdrawn.
  • Trouble understanding people when you cannot see their face.
  • It is a strain to hear conversations.
  • You avoid being the first person to start a conversation.
  • Have trouble hearing when people are speaking softly.
  • Have trouble hearing who you are speaking to on the telephone.
  • Avoidance of social occasions, family gatherings, and noisy environments.
  • You ask yourself, “Why can I hear people but not understand them?”

A common type of hearing loss is one in where people have normal or nearly normal hearing in the low- and mid-pitched sounds but suffer loss when hearing high-pitched sounds. Some examples of low-pitched sounds in speech are the vowel sounds like “o, ooh, ah, a, e,” etc. Examples of high-pitched sounds in speech are “s, f, th,” etc. These high-pitched consonant sounds carry the meaning of words to help us understand speech, but often tend to be very soft in volume.

The low-pitched vowel sounds carry the volume of speech, but don’t have much meaning. That being said, vowel sounds help us in hearing speech, but do not help us understand what is said. When having a normal conversation, speech might sound loud enough but not heard clearly if hearing loss is present. This problem worsens in background noise since it can cover up and interfere with speech. This problem is associated with sensorineural hearing loss, which results from damage inside the inner ear and/or in the auditory nerve endings.

If you are experiencing loss and have more questions towards the best possible approach to healthy hearing, visit our website and schedule an appointment today.