Did you know that about 40% of people over 50 suffer from hearing loss in the UK? The figures increase to over 70% of adults over 70. But this problem is not exclusive to the elderly, especially since 1 in 7 people suffer from tinnitus.
Hearing loss usually starts with strained conversations—you ask someone to repeat what they just said. As time passes, you struggle with hearing even when the volume is turned up. Many people with hearing loss find that their relationships deteriorate, they lose self-confidence, and their self-esteem diminishes. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
With the right steps, you can turn your hearing loss into hearing gain.
Audiologists and researchers worldwide have worked to ensure that everyone has a quality life, including those with hearing loss issues. Here is how:
Patients with hearing loss with no medical treatment can benefit from hearing aids. After visiting an audiologist and undergoing evaluation, the professional will prescribe hearing aids to help you communicate better. These devices can help you listen to sounds you couldn’t hear previously, communicate over the telephone, and concentrate better in noisy situations. Communication with friends and family doesn’t have to be strained anymore!
Cochlear implants are tiny devices that can help people with severe hearing loss have a better quality of life. While it’s true that these devices can’t reverse lost hearing completely, they can help patients understand speech better in conditions where even hearing aids can’t help. Whether unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (both ears), these implants have already helped many people have better communication and self-confidence all over the UK.
In some cases, cochlear implants and hearing aids aren’t sufficient; hearing training and therapies come in handy. These include hearing rehabilitation classes, guidelines for
communicating with people and learning to be a better listener. Some home-based treatments can help hearing loss patients hear better.
There have been talks of digitally improving hearing aids to work better with mobile phones. We already have a lot of progress on this front, and things are looking positive for the future. In the meantime, there are several methods that you can use to improve your mobile and land-based telephone communication with hearing aids.
Suffering from hearing loss shouldn’t spell gloom and doom. If anything, devices like hearing aids, cochlear implants, and services such as hearing training and therapies have helped improve many patients’ quality of life. All you have to do is visit an audiologist, undergo evaluation, and find the best solution.
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