A diverse group of people come into the Vail Valley Hearing Center everyday. They are young and old, men and women and just about every ethnicity you can imagine. Despite their wide ranging stories and appearances they often have one thing in common: they waited too long to get a hearing solution. One such patient was Keith. I had the opportunity of sitting down with him this week to learn about what brought him here and to see what he would say to others who might read this.
“I’ve known for quite a while that I needed some sort of hearing aid, but I was lucky because the job I was in didn’t require much hearing. I had to keep the TV loud. Talking in restaurants was next to impossible and sometimes I would get angry about situations that occurred because of not hearing something important. Then, I re-enlisted at Metro State. I would leave class more confused than when I walked in and I was getting C’s on tests.
Spending all of that money was pointless if I couldn’t hear what was going on. After 8 years, I made the decision to deal with my hearing loss. The benefits came immediately. On the next test I received a B and my grades have been steadily rising since.
I tell people who suspect hearing loss not to pull a Keith. The expense of hearing aids made me delay something that was invaluable, happiness. My girlfriend and I fight less than before. I didn’t realize how much my life was affected by my hearing loss until I had a hearing aid that worked for me.”
Delaying tough decisions is a natural reaction, but confronting hearing loss quickly will make it easier to deal with. The longer you leave it, the harder it is for your brain to comprehend certain sounds because it no longer hears them every day.
The good news is that it is never too late to get checked. You’ll notice an improvement in your life immediately. If you think suspect you or a loved one has hearing loss, let them know a better life is just around the corner. The first step towards treating your hearing loss is to come in to the Vail Valley Hearing Center for a hearing evaluation and establish the type of hearing loss you have.
As we become more aware of what causes hearing loss and the detrimental effects hearing loss has on our attitudes and quality of life, physicians and dentists are on the frontlines to make sure we are doing the best we can to maintain our health. The key is to deal with hearing loss before it turns into a problem. To do this, the biggest battle is with awareness. Audiologists need to make those on the frontlines of care aware and understand the implications of hearing loss and hearing loss prevention.
By the time people reach an audiologists, its often too late to prevent ear damage. Earpieces will help people maintain their quality of life so that they don’t have to experience social isolation and the ensuing depression that hearing loss can cause. But, audiologists can also create earpieces that enhance the sounds you want to hear and block harmful noise that will damage your hearing before hearing loss is a problem. It’s up to physicians and dentists to know and understand their patients, so that they can recommend proactive audiology solutions.
If you need help protecting your hearing or regaining your hearing, Dr. Rinn has custom audiology solutions for you. Wearing a hearing aid means rediscovering the pleasure of gathering with friends and family, feeling more confident at work, and enjoying movies, music and TV programs. A hearing aid means living with all of your five senses again.