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Your hearing is important. Through your ears, your brain receives a lot of information. This comes in the form of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else that you come into contact with. You’ll find joy in hearing the voices of those that you love. You will receive important information during meetings or appointments. Through your hearing, you will pick up on sounds that will give you clues as to what is going on around you. The sound of a passing car, for instance, will alert you to the fact that you should not step out into the road. Hearing brings us pleasure and joy in the form of our favorite music too. The ability to hear is an important sense. Check out my previous article about how your eyes in ears are affected in these modern times.
Of course, it is possible to live a full life without that sense. Your other senses would adapt to compensate. However, if you have the ability to hear, you should do your very best to cherish and take care of your hearing in every way possible.
Spotting The Signs Of Hearing Loss
I’ve been catching myself more and more lately, asking my family member’s to speak up. It’s getting to be so often that I’m thinking it’s time to get a hearing test. There are a number of different ways that your hearing may get effected. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may not even notice this for quite some time. Your hearing will gradually deteriorate over a period of time and this may not become apparent at all until it is a problem in your life.
The signs that you are experiencing hearing loss may include needing to turn the TV or the radio up quite loud when you are listening to it. If you find that the volume you like things to be set at is higher than you used to have it, or those around you complain you have it too loud, then this may signify the fact that you have hearing loss.
If people’s speech sometimes sounds muffled, you miss words, or you find that you ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis, then this too is probably a sign that you may be experiencing some loss in your hearing. This is something I’m having trouble with more and more.
Crowded public spaces could be a problem for you if you are experiencing hearing loss. If there are lots of sounds going on, it can be hard to differentiate between the voices of people talking to you and those who are further away. If everything blends into one noise, then this may be a problem with your hearing.
Some people experience a ringing or buzzing in their ears all the time. This is called tinnitus and can cause you problems with your hearing. Tinnitus can be very difficult to live with, and it is important that you get this looked at by an audiologist.
Getting Your Hearing Tested
If you are experiencing any form of hearing loss, then it is essential that you get your hearing tested by a qualified audiologist as soon as possible. You may think that you are too young to experience hearing loss, but it can come on at any age.
Your audiologist will ask you a series of questions about your life. This will include asking about your job and if you work around a lot of noise. If you have any interests that may affect your hearing, they will want to know about this too. You will also be asked about any problems that you have had with your health along with any accidents that you may have had in your life. This is to see if there are any potential causes of your hearing loss that become apparent.
Following this, your audiologist will start to examine your hearing. They will look inside your ear canal to see if there is anything blocking it, or if there is any damage to any part of your ear.
Then, you will be asked to complete a test. You will be played a series of sounds and you will be asked to indicate whenever you hear anything. This is to let the audiologist know the extent of your hearing loss and the types of sounds that are affected.
There are a number of things that may come from your hearing test. If your hearing loss is due to an infection, it will be possible to have this treated through the use of antibiotics. Wax build-ups inside your ear can often be drained. You may be advised to get a hearing aid. This will help to restore your hearing. Most modern hearing aids are designed with comfort in mind and are not obtrusive in any way.
Your hearing is an important part of functioning in the world. You can make it without hearing but if you have the chance to have better hearing, why not find out from your doctor!