By Bob Heiser, Hearing Health Centers
Q. I hear people, but sometimes I just don’t seem to understand all of what’s been said. I never experienced this problem before. What’s wrong?
A. I often hear from my patients, “I can hear them, I just don’t understand them.” They say “I can hear some people better than others,” or “I often have to turn the television up so loud, my spouse complains.”
These people most likely have a high frequency loss. One out of ten every 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. They are missing some of the high tones which are responsible for the consonant sounds. One example would be “Th” sounds and the “Sh” sound, which are almost alike. The word “Three” comes out like “Tree,” “Shoe” sounds like “Two.” Most People with this type of hearing loss will have more difficulty understanding women and children because they normally have a higher tone in their voices.
Technology has led to many advances and today’s newer digital hearing aids make the words clearer, not just louder. Some of the products I recommend even cut down the background noises while making voices louder and clearer. People can now hear and understand in noisy situations much better than ever before. If you or a loved one is experiencing any hearing difficulties, a hearing test is important. The sooner a person gets the help they need, the better the results he or she will have.
Myth: Most hearing problems can’t be helped…
Fact: 90% of hearing loss is very responsive to treatment
Myth: Living with a hearing loss is no big deal…
Fact: There are many psychological effects to hearing loss, including frustration, withdrawal and depression. Trouble communicating with others creates a strain on relationships ad a loss of esteem. It is far better to deal with healing loss than pretend it is not happening.
Myth: Hearing loss and wearing hearing aids are a sign of old age…
Fact: There are more hearing impaired people in the 45-64 age group than there are in the over 65 age group. It is becoming more popular to reach out to get treatment than to ignore the problem.
Bob Heiser is a Nationally Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist with over 25 years experience. Hearing Health Centers is located at 754 N. Court Street, Medina in Comstock Junction. Business Hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and in-home appointments are available. Call 330.725.3259 or 1-800-916-1972. For more information, visit our website at hearinghealthcenters.com
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