There is a misperception in the community about hearing loss being an older person’s problem, and not being an issue important enough to do something about when one is younger.
Hearing loss, like visual problems, can occur at any age. There are many causes, not all as a result of aging and it is important to solve the problem sooner rather than later.
If you’re ignoring hearing loss, asking people to talk louder, turning to your ‘good side’ and trying to guess what others are saying – it’s not helping. In fact, it’s similar to ignoring a lump, a dodgy mole, or persistent headaches.
Letting your hearing health deteriorate because you’re unwilling to face it could make it harder to treat. If you’re missing out on high-pitched sounds – like women’s voices, the s, f, or th sounds – you’re experiencing high-pitched hearing loss.
Caused by noise, age and some medications, high-pitched hearing loss may deceive you into thinking that your hearing is normal. But if people around you are mumbling and you only hear men’s voices clearly, then it’s time to get your hearing checked.
“Today’s hearing devices are smaller than a kidney bean or hidden completely inside the ear canal and beautifully crafted by the world’s top designers.”
Hearing aid technology has improved immensely just as computers and mobile phones have done in the last 15 years. The latest hearing devices can help with any degree of hearing loss, from the mildest to the most severe. New technology analyses your environment and adjusts automatically – turning volume up or down and changing all parameters of the amplification to reduce unwanted noise and give you the clearest possible sound.