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3 Reasons to See a Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Doctor

So, you have hearing loss. Or at least you suspect you do. In fact, you’ve probably suspected that your hearing is not what it used to be for quite some time. And the likelihood is that you’ve been living with hearing loss for a whole lot longer than even that. The trouble with hearing loss is the slow, incremental but undeniably persistent way in which it inveigles itself into our lives. It rarely comes from out of nowhere overnight. If it did, we’d be far more apt to notice the steep drop-off in our hearing quality. Instead, our hearing slowly declines day by day over a period of years or even decades.

Very often we live with hearing loss and can’t recognize all of the signs. We shrug them off as coincidence or as the behavior of others. The next door neighbor keeps banging on the wall because they think the TV is too loud? They’re the one with the problem. You have to ask work colleagues to speak up all the time? They really need to speak more clearly and less softly. When things like this continue to happen, it’s important to see a hearing care professional as soon as possible. The good news is that they can help us in a range of ways, including the following.

Hearing loss

Hearing loss is more than just an inconvenience. It can be highly damaging to our relationships with others. Hearing loss can be a huge barrier to communication. And when it comes down to it, there’s nothing more important in any relationship than communication. When we are affected by hearing loss, we can find it difficult to follow conversations and retain the information contained therein. Even processing a question with a simple yes or no answer can take several seconds (a veritable lifetime to those with perfect hearing).

Hearing loss can alienate us from our friends and estrange us from those we love most. If your hearing loss has begun to impact on your relationships, you definitely need to see a hearing care professional quickly.

Hearing aid repair

When we’ve been outfitted with a hearing aid, it takes some getting used to. After a while, however, we come to wonder how we ever lived without it. But when something goes wrong with our hearing aid, we feel the extent of our hearing loss all the more acutely. Replacing your hearing aid can be a costly endeavor. Fortunately, though, a hearing care provider can repair your hearing aid for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

Earwax removal

If your hearing aid seems to be failing yet looks to be in perfect working order, it could be that a blockage of earwax is preventing it from properly doing its job. While a little wax buildup is perfectly normal if your body produces it in excess it can harden and impact upon your hearing. Fortunately, a hearing care professional can remove this troublesome wax.

As you can see, there are a great many reasons why you should check in with a hearing care professional regularly as part of your self-care regimen.