Hearing is Important!
Hearing empowers us and enriches our lives. Hearing enables us to socialize, work, interact, communicate and even relax. Good hearing also helps to keep us safe, warning us of potential danger or alerting us to someone elses distress.
Hearing is essential for us to be able to live and participate in life more fully. Problems with our hearing may lead to feelings of isolation and even depression. Our hearing provides us with an enormous source of information, some of it obvious and some we barely notice, but when combined, this information forms the bridge between the world and how we interact with it.
Hearing helps us lead our everyday lives with fewer limitations.
The ear, despite its small size, is a highly complex organ. Acting as sound filter, the ear transforms sound audible to us into accurate information the brain can prioritize.
Each ear consists of delicate and highly complex mechanisms. In the “inner” ear, tiny sensory cells and nerve fibers pick up sound vibrations and transform them into electrical impulses for the brain to process.
If the ear is exposed to strong vibrations over time, the sensory cells and fibers can become damaged, if these are unable to heal or be replaced, this can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Many people know it can be challenging to follow conversations in some places, like in a noisy restaurant. The reason for this is that speech is made up of a great number of different sounds, put together in a very rapid flow.
Some Letters are Heard Better than Others
For instance, the high-pitched consonants like f, s, and t are easily drowned out by louder, low pitched vowels like a, o and u.
The Reason for the Brain Drain
When it comes to hearing, it may come as a surprise to learn that the brain works harder than the ears. This is why in noisy environments, such as in a crowded restaurant, it can be very frustrating just trying to follow conversation. Even people with no hearing loss can find this challenging.
Faced with noisy situations, our cognitive system works hard to decipher and separate sounds. Someone with only slight hearing loss can often feel exhausted after visiting a noisy venue.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss typically means we cannot detect particular sounds compared to those without a hearing loss.
Of course, there are many degrees of hearing loss. The important thing to remember is that no matter the degree, this can be addressed.
Do you recognize yourself?
Imagine dining in a busy restaurant. In the background there are dishes clattering, chairs scraping, people talking and laughing, and waiters rushing about. You are straining to follow what is happening at your table – and the effort of doing this is starting to make you feel more and more tired.
Eventually, you start pretending you can hear. You nod, look interested and laugh with the crowd even though you did not get the jokes. You begin to feel left out. When you leave the restaurant it is with a headache, disappointment and no plans to repeat the experience anytime soon.
Fortunately, there are many modern hearing care options. If, after consultation with a hearing care professional, you need to consider hearing devices, today’s solutions are sophisticated, discreet and easy to use. Hearing solutions are designed specifically with your needs in mind and are an important step to empower you to participate actively and confidently in all aspects of life.
Our hearing is the key to actively participating in the world around us. Untreated hearing loss can have a huge impact on our lives.
When hearing loss occurs, reactions to the situation vary. Living with an unaddressed hearing loss can often lead to social isolation. We feel tired just trying to live our everyday day lives in the same way we once did when we could hear normally. Sometimes a loss of hearing can affect us both mentally and physically.
If we isolate ourselves, it could lead us to missing out on our activities and our interactions with our friends and family. We may feel lonely and left out.
If you recognize this pattern, it is important to break this negative cycle and get your hearing assessed.
The earlier you begin to address your hearing loss, the better the chance of being able to retain many of the recognized ´sound pictures´ that our brain learns and stores from birth that help us quickly ‘get the picture’ of a situation.
Why seek help?
If you feel you may have some difficulty hearing, it pays to get checked by a hearing care professional.
A consultation doesn’t take long and is completely painless.
Concerned about hearing solutions and how they look?
You shouldn’t worry about having to wear a hearing aid. The days of the big ugly hearing devices are over. Most of today’s hearing solutions are so discreet that they are actually far less obvious than wearing glasses. Take a look at one up close and you will see.
At Lakewood Hearing & Speech Center our Hearing Care Professionals specialize in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring hearing disorders. Once they test your hearing and analyze your situation, they devise a treatment option that would best suit you and your lifestyle. These services are available to persons in the southwest Denver metro area.
Their main goal is to ensure your hearing is the best it can be so that any hearing loss you may have interferes as little as possible with your life.
A hearing test takes place in a sound-treated booth. You will take a seat, put on some headphones and listen.
Our hearing care professionals will start playing sounds at different pitches and volumes. They will ask you to push a button when you hear each sound. Each time you press the button, the hearing care professional will record your results which will enable them establish your hearing threshold.
Once your type and degree of hearing loss has been determined, your hearing care professional will be able to decide how much amplification you will need; they may then show you a range of instruments appropriate for your individual hearing loss and together you can decide what is right for you.
Talking about your hearing with the people you care about is not only important, but a step in coming to terms with your hearing loss.
Bring someone with you to your appointment.
You are always welcome – in fact many hearing care professionals recommend – that you bring someone close to you to your appointment. It can be a great help during this visit to have someone with you who can perhaps provide other information about your hearing you may not have noticed yourself.
Hearing problems are very common
Remember, there is nothing wrong about having a hearing problem – it will happen to almost everyone, similar to how many people will need glasses as they age.
What is a hearing device?
A hearing device is a highly sophisticated communication device. There are many different types of hearing solutions, just as there are many forms of hearing problems, but they share five basic components. All of them work on amplifying sounds with the goal of improving your communication abilities.
The design can vary, but the overall effect is to empower you to live your life to the very fullest.
How a hearing device works
- Microphone picks up sounds
- Sounds are analyzed by the processing chip
- Processed sounds are sent to the amplifier
- Amplified sounds are sent to the loudspeaker
- Sounds are transmitted by the loudspeaker into the inner ear where they are transformed into electrical impulses
- Impulses are picked up by the brain where they are processed
The world will begin to open up again and you will find yourself hearing sounds that you have not heard for awhile. Hopefully you will feel more empowered to take an active part in your life again.
Communication with others will improve and you may notice that you are not as tired from having to concentrate so hard to understand people you communicate with.
Here are some of the common improvements others have experienced:
|*||“I am able to keep in contact with my family and speak to my grandchildren on the phone.”|
|*||“I don’t feel that I miss out on what’s going on around me anymore as I can now join in on conversations without having to ask people to repeat themselves.”|
|*||“My wife has stopped complaining that the TV is too loud so now we can watch TV together again.”|
|*||“I love music and now I can hear more clearly treble as well as bass”|
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