So, you realized you aren’t hearing as well as you used to…
While this isn’t something to be celebrated, you should be congratulated for both realizing it, and for being willing to do something about it.
Studies show that most people take up to ten years to address their hearing loss, and in a decade, it’s likely that it’s been getting progressively worse.
Here are 5 simple ways you can make your life easier when dealing with hearing loss:
Visit an audiologist
We don’t want to brag, but the audiologists in our office are pretty great. But if you don’t live in our area, or if your best friend is an audiologist, by all means – go see them.
Just get to one.
Pay attention to body language.
Learning to read lips and paying attention to body language will go a long way in helping you communicate well with others. Also making sure that people realize you are suffering from hearing loss will help too (Even if you only tell those close to you).
Turn on the closed captioning on your TV. This one is a no-brainer. Heck, we sometimes turn the captions on just because our kids never stop talking. It makes understanding movies and televisions shows a whole lot easier.
Make Reservations at Restaurants
Dining out can be problematic. Restaurants are rarely quiet venues, and if you get stuck seated by the kitchen, it’s that much worse. If you’ve planned in advance, you can call ahead for reservations, asking to be seated in the quietest part of the restaurant.
Foster your other senses
We are sure you’ve heard stories of people losing one sense, who hone their other senses to compensate for the loss. You can do this too. It doesn’t take any special talent – just paying attention to details in other ways.
Back to our first point – if you are noticing hearing loss, your first step should be visiting an audiologist.
If we catch it early enough, we can hopefully identify what is causing it – preventing it from getting worse.
Give us a call. Make an appointment. Change your life.