Losing your hearing is like being on a silent emotional roller-coaster, and things can seem very difficult in every social situation. A lot of elderly people wait years before accepting that their hearing has gone bad. Often, by the time they visit a hearing care professional, hearing loss cannot be reversed, only treated.
Hearing loss is something you have to learn to accept – which is a very scary and hard thing to do. Because hearing loss requires a lot of adjustment, you may feel anxious, unbalanced, and even angry. That’s why it is so important to get your hearing loss treated as soon as you begin to notice the first signs of hearing loss. Additionally, it is important to maintain a strong support system – keep in contact with your family members, friends, or maybe even a therapist.
While you may not immediately feel like being social, it is important to try to continue to live life the way you did before losing your hearing. Not only will this help you feel connected to your support system, but it will help you learn how to control your hearing aid in different environments. If you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, there are a few things you can do to make things easier:
- keep any background noises low
- always call or say their name before you start the conversation
- speak clear and slow, raising your voice only disturbs the sounds of your words
- make eye contact while speaking
- socialize in well-lit places
Taking the above steps can ensure that you or your loved one does not feel limited by their loss of hearing. At Beltone Audiology, we believe that the first step in treating hearing loss is scheduling a comprehensive hearing test. Our team of expert audiologists will work with you to find the best solution for you or your loved one. For more information, please contact us today.