How is your hearing range, really? This simple quiz can get you started on the path to better understanding your hearing health.
1. Do you have difficulty understanding the other person on the telephone?
2. Does it seem like most people around you are mumbling?
3. Is it difficult to understand one person's speech while there is background noise?
4. Do you find it difficult to understand the dialogue on TV unless you turn the volume up high?
5. Do you often need to ask others to repeat themselves?YES NO
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Regarding Hearing LossQ. How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
The easiest way to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss is to think about your average day and if there are any situations where you struggle to hear or understand. You may be experiencing hearing loss if you have difficulty understanding someone on the telephone, while in the workplace, or need to ask friends or family members to repeat themselves. Having trouble following or participating in conversations may be an indicator that you are experiencing hearing loss and should make an appointment with your family doctor or an audiologist.
If you feel you are experiencing hearing loss, the first step is to contact your family doctor and make an appointment. Many times, a family doctor can help identify your condition by asking about your symptoms and how your hearing impacts your daily life. A family doctor may be able to help reduce your symptoms and test your hearing to make a diagnosis. Depending on your condition, your family doctor may refer you to an audiologist or an otolaryngologist who can work with you to create a treatment plan.
Hearing loss can impact everyday life because it affects your ability to participate in conversations and feel included in social situations. Individuals with untreated hearing loss may struggle at work and feel isolated or misunderstood. It can be difficult to manage untreated hearing loss because it can impact your ability to maintain a conversation, answer the phone or door, and feel included in your workplace or home life.
Regarding Hearing AidsQ. How do I start wearing hearing aids?
Hearing aids are devices that are worn in the ear to amplify sound and reduce hearing loss symptoms. Hearing aids usually come in pairs, one for each ear, and are color coded or labeled for left and right. When you first start wearing hearing aids, it will take some time for you to adjust to hearing amplified sounds. Your ears have adjusted to a reduction in hearing, so when you begin using hearing aids, it can be startling to hear things louder and more clearly. In the beginning you should wear hearing aids for a few hours, increasing your wearing time as you adjust and feel comfortable.
Hearing aid maintenance involves cleaning the hearing aids each night. To clean hearing aids, you can purchase a cleaning and drying kit which will clean and disinfect your devices while you sleep. Other maintenance includes checking each unit for damage or wear and tear and maintaining active batteries. The battery life of your hearing aids depends on the size of the battery, so it's important to have spare batteries on hand to replace them as needed.
The biggest challenge to adjusting to hearing aids is getting used to hearing amplified sound. It can also be challenging at first to adjust your daily life to include your hearing aids. There are times when hearing aids may need to be removed, such as when you're going through airport security, taking a shower, swimming, getting a haircut, or for certain medical procedures like an MRI or surgery. The longer you use your hearing aids, the easier it will be to integrate them into your lifestyle.
Myth #1: Hearing aids won't help my hearing loss
Fact: If you're considering receiving treatment for your hearing loss, it can be intimidating at first. You may not know where to start or may have been told that nothing could be done to reduce your symptoms in the past. At Central KY Hearing Care we can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan at either of our locations, Campbellsville, Kentucky and Lebanon, Kentucky. Technology is more advanced than it once was in terms of diagnostic testing, treatment options, and hearing aids. Hearing loss is specific to each individual, both in your symptoms, and how it affects your daily life. Hearing aids can reduce symptoms for a variety of hearing loss conditions, including partial hearing loss, and can help you regain confidence in social situations by enhancing your ability to hear and communicate with others.
Myth #2: Hearing aids are too noticeable and will show my age
Fact: Hearing aids used to be large devices that were mostly associated with elderly people, now technology has advanced, which allows hearing aids to be smaller and more stylish. Many hearing aid models are practically invisible and allow the wearer to lead a normal life. People of every age from small children to the elderly can benefit from using hearing aids to assist with their hearing loss. Central KY Hearing Care offers a wide range of hearing aids at our practice in a variety of sizes and styles. Call either of our locations in Kentucky to set up a time to explore our selection, and we can find something that fits your needs. We will work with you boost your confidence and reduce your fears about hearing aids being noticeable or standing out.
Myth #3: I can buy hearing aids without seeing a physician or getting a prescription
Fact: It can be confusing when you see hearing aids advertised in catalogues, magazines, and through online suppliers. In these cases, the hearing aids for sale are actually personal sound amplifiers. These devices amplify low-level sound, which enhances background noise and not conversations. A true hearing aid is regulated by the FDA and is a medical device that usually requires a prescription and follow up care. The best way to treat your hearing loss is by making an appointment at Central KY Hearing Care today, so we can diagnose your condition and provide adequate treatment.
Myth #4: My hearing loss isn't significant enough to require treatment or hearing aids
Fact: Mild hearing loss can make it difficult to hear in loud situations or hear conversations through background noise. Receiving consistent treatment for mild hearing loss is important because we can monitor your symptoms and provide treatment that will reduce further deterioration. Contact us today to set up an appointment. Using a hearing aid will help with mild hearing loss by reducing background noise and allowing you to focus on the important sounds like conversations, phone calls, and even the television. Any level of hearing loss that affects your daily life, even something that seems small and you've learned to live with, can benefit from quality care whether or not hearing aids are a viable treatment option.
Click below for some added advice on the subject of adapting to new hearing technology.Have reasonable expectations
When you begin to use hearing aids, there will be an adjustment period as your brain re-learns how to interpret new sounds and you learn how adjust to the new environment. While it would be great to put on hearing aids and be able to immediately hear as you once did, you should remember that using hearing aids in your daily life is a process and to have reasonable expectations. It will take some time to adjust to using hearing aids and hearing new sounds. Don't get discouraged if you have to wear your hearing aids for a few hours at first and gradually add more time as you get used to them. If you feel it's taking longer to adjust, call Central KY Hearing Care and we will work with you to make the adjustment process smoother.
Hearing aids work by enhancing the sounds and environment around you, but these devices don't repair your hearing loss. When you remove your hearing aids to shower, swim, or sleep at the end of the day, you will still have the same degree of hearing loss as you did prior to using hearing aids. It's also important to remember that hearing aids will help temporarily restore some function to your hearing, but they won't correct your deficit completely. There may still be some areas you may struggle to hear in like loud environments, busy conversations, or during activities like swimming or sleeping. Consistent care will help to maintain your hearing. Call any of our offices in Kentucky today to set up an appointment.
Hearing aids are low maintenance and require only a few minutes each day to keep them in prime working order. Hearing aids run on batteries, so it's a good idea to have a spare set or two on hand. To change the batteries of your units, take out the old batteries, open the new ones, and let the new batteries sit for two minutes before installing them. This will provide the best and longest battery life for each one. Keeping your hearing aids clean will also help them function correctly and last longer. Providers at our Campbellsville, Kentucky, and Lebanon, Kentucky, offices will teach you how to clean each hearing aid and may offer cleaning products or systems to help with the process.
Before treatment and the use of hearing aids to manage your hearing loss, it was difficult to hear how loud some environments can be. Now that you are using hearing aids to treat your hearing loss, it's important to prevent further damage by monitoring the volume of your surroundings. It doesn't take much to damage hearing, and even moderately loud environments can contribute to hearing loss.
While there are some obvious situations with high volumes like loud concerts or using headphones, any time you have to raise your voice to be heard or can't understand someone three feet away from you, damage can be done to your residual hearing. You shouldn't wear a hearing aid in any loud environment as they aren't designed to block out loud sounds, just amplify and enhance the sounds around you. Always use proper hearing protection when you're in a loud situation like using power tools, mowing the lawn or attending a concert.