• The Holidays are Almost Hear

    Posted on October 27, 2015 by in Tips

    Fall is likely the greatest season of all. With holidays peeking around the corner, you’re likely looking forward to spending time with friends and family. It’s in these moments that you can rest assured there are wonderful times to be had, including sharing laughs over old memories and catching up on current events. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

    While the answer for many of us is ‘Yes’, there are 30 to 48 million Americans who will have difficulty during these times. Not because they don’t have friends and family to spend the holidays with, and most definitely not because they don’t enjoy the holidays. The truth is, many of those experiencing difficulty during the holidays are among a silent group of people suffering from hearing loss.

    What exactly does that mean? It means for 30 to 48 million Americans, the quality of academic, professional, medical, and social life is diminishing significantly and nothing is being done about it. Those of us with full hearing abilities may have difficulty understanding this, and for those living with it, coming to terms with the loss is no small feat. In fact, it can take 5 to 15 years following the onset of hearing loss for an adult to seek professional help. This staggering revelation can be attributed to personal reluctance, shame, and even oblivion to what’s happening.

    In order to ensure you or someone you know doesn’t suffer in silence and ultimately miss out on life’s greatest moments, it’s important that you become aware of the signs of hearing loss.

    How do you know when you’re experiencing hearing loss?

    • Headaches are often an overlooked indication of hearing loss. Have you found yourself getting frequent headaches when watching television or engaging in conversation with friends?  It may be time to visit an audiologist in order to rule out, or possibly treat, any significant hearing issues.
    • Decline in memory and thinking are both indicative of a loss of hearing. As one Dr. Frank R. Lin put it, “if the brain is dedicating extra resources to try and hear what’s going on, it’s probably taking away from other brain resources like thinking and memory,”.
    • Fatigue can be attributed to more than a lack of sleep.  Trying to keep up with daily conversations and processing surrounding sounds can take a physical toll on your body, causing us to become increasingly tired over a short period of time. Furthermore, the depression, stress, and anxiety that may result in the realization that one’s hearing is diminishing can lead to increased levels of fatigue.

    Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Before you find yourself in a frightening and possibly dangerous situation, visit an audiologist. The options available for individuals with hearing loss have never been better and some hearing aids are actually completely invisible. Our time with out loved ones is precious. Ensure you or your family member’s hearing needs are met so that the full enjoyment of time spent together can be realized.