Hear Better in 2017
Did you find yourself asking your family to repeat themselves over the holidays? Did the parties sound more like faint noise than fun? You don’t have to settle for less-than-stellar hearing. There are options for people who are tired of saying, “What was that?”
Did you find yourself asking your family to repeat themselves over the holidays? Did the parties sound more like faint noise than fun? You don’t have to settle for less-than-stellar hearing. There are options for people who are tired of saying, “What was that?” Unfortunately, many people don’t pursue these options – fewer than 20% of people who suffer from hearing loss actually use hearing aids. Better hearing can transform your new year and allow you to live life a little more clearly.
You’re Not Alone
Many people avoid finding solutions for their hearing loss because they’re self-conscious. Hearing loss, however, is no reason to feel ashamed. Millions of people of all ages struggle to pick up sounds clearly. In fact, around 15% of adults have reported issues with their hearing. That’s nearly 40 million individuals struggling with sound.
Men are at a higher risk. Studies show that among adults ages 20 to 69, males have almost twice as much of a chance of suffering hearing loss. Age is the biggest factor, with the majority of the cases falling in the 60 to 69 age group. In people over 85 years of age, 80% reported hearing loss to some degree.
Many risk factors also lead to hearing troubles. People routinely exposed to loud noises at work are more likely to develop issues. Of adults who had five or more years in noisy work environments, 18% of them suffer from speech-frequency hearing loss. Only 5% of adults who work in quiet environments reported the same issues.
Genetic history isn’t always a reliable indicator for hearing loss, making it difficult to predict. More than 90% of people born deaf have parents with normal hearing. Whatever the reason for your body’s changes, it’s simply a natural fact of life for many people.
The Future of Hearing Aids
If you’re picturing large, obvious, clunky hearing aids, you’re stuck in the past. Modern technology makes today’s hearing aids more subtle and effective than ever before. Some styles offer powerful choices, including Bluetooth connectivity and custom molded inserts. They’re more comfortable and pick up sounds more efficiently. Chances are that people won’t even be able to see that you’re wearing them. Additionally, newer hearing aids are reprogrammable, which means that as your hearing changes, your audiologist can tweak these devices to compensate for the changes.
Make 2017 Your Year
If you’re suffering from hearing loss, you might not know how much you’re missing. Each day you wait, you might miss some of life’s most wonderful moments. Every muffled, “I love you” or passing conversation you can’t catch is something you deserve to experience.
This year, give yourself the gift of better hearing. Take the leap and see just how much of your life was lost to silence. When you can hear everything that others say to you again, you get to live life more fully. In fact, you may rediscover your confidence and love of adventure.