Only 20% of people who would benefit from hearing aids actually use them. This is mostly due to the fact that many people just don't know that they need them. Here are some things to think about that may indicate you're in need of hearing aids.
Common Signs You Need Hearing Aids
- People have mentioned that you are having trouble hearing. Your friends and family tend to recognize that you have a hearing loss before you do. You don’t really notice the sounds you can’t hear until someone else points them out. It is often out of consideration friends and family suggest you pursue hearing loss. They are struggling to communicate with you and you are struggling to understand them.
- People sound like they are mumbling. When an audiologist looks at the range of human hearing, they typically break down the speech range into low, medium, and high pitches. With hearing loss in the high pitches, speech is less clear. To someone with some hearing loss, it seems like people are always mumbling.
- You can hear people talking, but can't understand them. Being able to hear someone doesn't exactly mean that you can understand them. The low pitches are primarily responsible for the volume of speech. Vowels make up the low tones in words. Since many people lose hearing in the high pitches first, it is common to feel like you can hear someone but not understand them. The consonants, the softer parts of words are the parts that give the words meaning.
- You are saying "what?" frequently. Those with hearing loss often have difficulty with understanding what someone is saying when they can't see that person’s mouth move. They also have trouble understanding when they have no context for what was said. If you find yourself saying "what?" or asking people to repeat themselves throughout the day, it is usually a sign that you have a hearing loss and may need hearing aids. As one develops a high-pitched hearing loss, lip reading and context are often used to compensate for the inability to hear the consonants.
- You are over the age of 65. Hearing loss becomes more common as people get older. According to experts, 33% of people age 65 and over have a disabling hearing loss. Age alone does not guarantee hearing loss. But the longer you live, the more likely you will have some form of hearing loss and benefit from hearing aids.
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