When hearing loss begins, you may think it’s normal. You ignore it for a while until it gets so severe that you can’t hear your children, the television or even your friends.
See what you might be missing out on?
Getting diagnosed and treated early may reverse some hearing loss or reduce its symptoms, so you stay connected to those around you and active in their lives.
Let’s explore ten reasons an audiologist may save your hearing.
1) They Can Help With Many Hearing Conditions
You may be wondering if you have hearing loss. Or is it something else?
It could be:
- Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, whistling)
- Ear infection
- Wax build up
Audiologists have a diverse medical background and specialized training to determine the source of your hearing symptoms. If you do have hearing loss, they can start treating it quickly to avoid more significant damage.
2) They Can Prevent Further Damage
Once you start losing your hearing, the connected part of your brain starts getting weaker over time. The hearing problems will only get worse. But an audiologist may be able to start treatment that lets you hear again and reduces further damage.
3) They Know Hearing
While your Primary doctor can give you general advice about protecting or improving hearing. Only an audiologist is specially trained to help you in this area of your health.
4) Hearing Is Linked to Mental Well-being
The loss of hearing has been linked to a decline in overall well-being. Over time, those losing their hearing often become:
These conditions tend to further the hearing loss in a vicious cycle. But hearing solutions can reverse all this.
5) You’re Never Too Young To Have Hearing Loss
You may think you’re too young to have hearing problems. This “denial” can cause some people to delay getting help. Hearing loss can start at any time. And waiting could mean further damage.
6) They Create Comprehensive Plans
Hearing aids are only one solution. An audiologist will evaluate your symptoms and help design a plan to reduce further loss and improve hearing.
7) They Can Explain the Real Ramifications of Waiting
Some people start to have hearing loss at middle age or earlier. They think to themselves, “it’s not so bad. I’ll just seek treatment when I’m older and really can’t hear.”
We can tell you all day long not to wait too long to get help, but you need to speak to someone in person for help. They can look you in the eyes, connect with you and help you understand that waiting is not a good idea.
8) Earwax Can Damage Your Hearing
Now that we have your attention, we’ll clarify.
Ear wax doesn’t directly damage your hearing. It’s moisturizing and anti-microbial. What can damage your hearing is you trying to remove ear wax.
You may unintentionally push wax deep into your ear, or you could damage the delicate skin in your middle ear. In the worst case scenario, you pop your eardrum or damage your inner ear.
An audiologist can safely remove excess wax and prevent hearing damage.
9) Audiologists Can Detect Blood Flow Issues
Hearing loss may be a very early sign of cholesterol or another buildup in your arteries. It could be caused by high blood pressure or other medical conditions.
An audiologist can help save your hearing by getting to the root of the hearing loss. Lifestyle changes like diet, exercise and stress management may improve your overall health.
10) A Yearly Checkup Saves You Against Long-Term Struggles
Getting a yearly checkup allows the audiologist to detect hearing loss earlier. The earlier it’s caught, the faster you can begin making lifestyle changes to reduce further damage.
Are you or a loved one having first signs of hearing loss? Seeing an audiologist now may save your hearing. Schedule an appointment today.