Do you believe you may be suffering from hearing loss? Don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, research from the Hearing Foundation of Canada estimates that around three million Canadians suffer from hearing loss.
Despite the vast number of Canadians that suffer from hearing loss, many people either refuse to seek professional help or simply don’t realize that they are experiencing the symptoms associated with hearing loss.
If you think this could be you, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible. A hearing aid solution created for you by an expert hearing clinic can significantly improve your quality of life as well as the relationships you have with your friends, family and peers.
Here at York Hearing Clinic, we find that two of the most common reasons hearing loss sufferers do not receive professional help is because, firstly, they buy in to the bad stigma surrounding hearing aids (we covered this in our last blog titled ‘Hearing Loss: Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths That are Simply Not True’), and secondly they don’t understand how hearing aids work.
In this blog, we will address how hearing aids actually work and why you should feel completely comfortable wearing them. Before we get into that, however, let’s first take a look at hearing loss as well as some of the common signs that suggest you may be experiencing it.
What is hearing loss?
Hearing is one of our most critical senses when it comes to communication. Unfortunately, even the smallest degree of hearing loss can have a profound impact on how we interact with the outside world and connect to other people.
Hearing loss makes it hard for us to hear conversations in large groups, participate in conversations in settings with background noise, hear on the telephone and understand women and children’s voices.
The stresses of hearing loss leaves people suffering from physical, mental and emotional illnesses that affect their private and professional lives. These include distrust of others, frustrations at feeling socially marginalized, and much more.
Signs of hearing aids include:
- Conversations leave you feeling tired.
- You have trouble hearing over the phone.
- Your TV volume is incredibly loud.
- You struggle to understand women and children.
- You have trouble following conversations in noisy environments.
- You ask people to repeat themselves regularly.
Are any of these symptoms familiar to you? You can read more about signs of hearing loss in our blog ‘Hearing Loss: 6 Signs it Might be Time to Get Your Hearing Tested’.
How can hearing aids help my hearing?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you can wear in or behind your ear to enhance your hearing.
Hearing aids amplify sound waves to help make those sounds that you struggle to hear louder and clearer. Depending on how severe your hearing loss is, a hearing aid should be able to restore your hearing to a normal level.
Hearing aids are all made of the same components, a microphone, amplifier, speaker and battery.
The hearing aid receives sound through the microphone, which then converts the sound waves to electric signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier makes those signals louder and clearer, before sending them to your ear through a speaker.
The result? Sounds that you struggled to hear before will be loud, clear and easy to understand.
There are a number of hearing aid options that have been perfectly designed to accommodate a range of lifestyles. If you want to learn about the current types of hearing aids available, and how they can significantly improve your quality of life? Read our blog ‘Do You Know What Your Hearing Aid Options Are?’.
Where can I receive professional hearing aid advice?
If you believe you may be suffering from hearing loss, the first step is to book an appointment with a hearing professional, such as York Hearing Clinic, as soon as possible.
By visiting a hearing expert, who can create a hearing solution that’s tailor-made for your specific lifestyle, you will be able to prevent the physical and mental stresses that come from hearing loss. In fact, hearing aids will improve your overall quality of life.
Do you have any further questions? Contact York Hearing Clinic today. Our team of hearing loss experts would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.