A hearing aid may make it easier to be able to hear those around you again.
The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050 more than 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. And a 2018 study of children between the ages of nine to 11 found that 14 percent already had signs of hearing loss. While results are inconclusive, early hearing loss could be linked to the growing popularity in portable music players. So, how do you know when your hearing is in jeopardy and warrants a trip to see our Austin, TX, audiologists Dr. Paige Peterson and Dr. Taryn Shelton to learn about hearing loss and hearing aids?
Here are some common warning signs of hearing loss:
- Feeling as if people are often mumbling around you
- Asking people to repeat themselves often
- Having to turn the TV or radio up in order to hear it
- People complaining that your headphones are too loud
- Not hearing your phone ring
- Having trouble understanding people on the phone
- Needing to look at lips to understand what people are saying
- Difficulty understanding people in loud, noisy environments
- Feeling left out of conversations or having trouble following what people are saying
- Avoiding social occasions and events
While children will continue to get regular hearing screenings every year from around age 4 to 10, it’s important that if you are concerned about changes in your child’s hearing that you schedule an evaluation.
If you are an adult who is dealing with some of the issues above then it’s time to schedule a hearing screening in Austin, TX, with one of our audiologists. The sooner you are treated for hearing loss the better.
If I have hearing loss will I need a hearing aid?
One of the most common ways to treat hearing loss is by wearing a hearing aid. This is usually recommended in patients who are dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound. An audiologist will be able to tell you whether you could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, whether you may need hearing aids for both ears and which kind of hearing aid is right for you.
A hearing aid may not be able to restore your hearing but it will be able to make it easier to hear those around you to greatly improve your social and personal life.
If you or a loved one is suffering from some degree of hearing loss it is important to undergo a hearing evaluation as soon as possible so that we can provide the proper treatment. Call Hearing & Balance Center of Austin to ask any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids today.