One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get fit. This year, in addition to taking care of your physical health, consider making your hearing a priority. Not only can better hearing can help you connect with loved ones, but it can also improve your overall quality of life. In order to make this change, experts recommend following the steps.
Make an Appointment
More than 48 million Americans have hearing loss, but according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, only 20% of those who might benefit from treatment actually seek help. In order to avoid becoming a statistic, schedule an appointment with a professional trained to identify, diagnose and treat hearing loss, known as an audiologist.
If you don’t have a trusted audiologist, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Chances are someone will know someone who can pass along a name. If not, simply search online for a trusted audiologist in your area.
Get a Hearing Test
In order to recommend a treatment plan, your audiologist will first need to know your type and degree of hearing loss. This is done through a series of hearing tests, which are all quick and painless.
If the results of your test reveal your degree of loss does not require intervention, you will have a baseline report for later. This information can be compared to the results of future tests in order to determine if your hearing has stayed the same or gotten worse.
Select a Pair of Hearing Aids
Most types of hearing loss can be treated with a pair of hearing aids. Your audiologist will work with you to determine the style that will provide the best level of amplification and additional features for your hearing and lifestyle needs.
Your hearing aids will be programmed and fit to your ears. You will then have a trial period where you can get used to wearing the devices in your normal life to make sure they work well and meet your needs.
Protect Your Remaining Hearing
Hearing loss is a progressive condition that can slowly get worse over time. In order to prevent your hearing from getting worse, you can:
- Turn down the volume on your television when watching Idaho State Bengals games or other loud programming
- Use over-ear headphones rather than in-ear models
- Wear earplugs when you participate in noisy activities
To learn more about treating your hearing loss this New Year or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, contact The Hearing Zone today.