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Steps to Take When You’ve Recognized a Decline in Hearing

In our last blog post, our team talked a little bit about the different signs that you can keep an eye out for when it comes to hearing loss. These first few signs are things that you want to look for so that you can be as proactive as possible moving forward. In today’s blog post, the team at Platinum Hearing Aids is going to go over what you want to do when you do recognize a decline in hearing. Let’s go ahead and get started.

Online Hearing Test

If you start to notice that there is a decline in hearing, you are going to want to start with a hearing test. There are various online hearing tests that you can take advantage of to at least get an idea of where you stand with your hearing. One thing that we do want to note is that while there are online hearing tests that you can complete, these tests are not an alternative to a test completed by a professional. Online hearing tests are designed to provide you with a basic understanding of where you stand with your hearing and what you can anticipate during your professional hearing test.

Professional Hearing Test

Whether you choose to take a hearing test online or not, you absolutely need to get a professional hearing test scheduled. The signs that you’ve picked up on might have provided you with a general idea of where your hearing currently stands, but you are definitely going to want to get a professional test scheduled to confirm that hearing loss is what you’re struggling with.

There may be signs that you’ve picked up on, but to get hearing aids, a hearing test needs to be done. If you’re considering hearing aids as a solution, Platinum Hearing Aids is the place to go. Not only can we provide you with the professional hearing test that you need, but we are experts in hearing aids and can answer any questions you may have as well as help you find the right pair of hearing aids based on your needs.

This brings us to our next point: solutions for your hearing loss.

Consider Solutions

As we mentioned in our last blog post, the solutions associated with hearing loss have evolved significantly over the years. What works for one person may not work for someone else, and that’s okay. There are countless solutions available that, when a decline in hearing has been noticed, you want to start considering your options so that you can find the solution that will work best for you.

This can be incredibly overwhelming to try and tackle on your own. Rather than do that, give Platinum Hearing Aids a call and we would be more than happy to set up a hearing test so that you can get a better idea of the solutions that are available as well as the pros and cons of each.

Conversations with Loved Ones

Hearing loss is no small feat, and it can be incredibly frustrating to deal with in social situations. With that being said, something that you’re definitely going to want to do after you’ve confirmed a loss of hearing is have conversations with your loved ones. Your family and friends will be your biggest supporters during this period of adjustment, and it all starts with a conversation about what you’ve just discovered.

Aside from getting the support that you need, having a conversation with your loved ones can help make sense of why it is that you’re struggling to hear them at times. This is a great time to bring up the various things that people can do to ensure you hear what they’re saying. Maybe you need them to turn towards you as they speak or slow their speech as you get accustomed to your hearing aids. Whatever it may be, make it clear at this point so that they are able to take your needs into consideration while speaking.

Contact Platinum Hearing Aids Today

When you recognize a decline in your hearing, you want to make sure that you turn to someone that you trust to help you find a solution. Platinum Hearing Aids has provided the Detroit area with high-quality hearing tests and hearing aids for years. If you’re ready to start working towards a solution with your hearing loss, contact our team today. We would be more than happy to set up an appointment for you so that we can start working on a solution for you.

Signs of Hearing Loss

More than half of the people over the age of 75 struggle with hearing loss. That being said, senior citizens aren’t the only ones that struggle with hearing loss. One in five Americans that are over the age of 12 will also struggle with hearing loss. And, according to the Hearing Health Foundation, more than 90% of children who are born with hearing loss will be born to parents with typical hearing.

While hearing loss is extremely common, it isn’t something that people are forced to live with. Over the years, there have been various solutions designed to help with hearing loss, one of the most common being hearing aids. 

Platinum Hearing Aids provides high-quality hearing aids to people of all ages within the Detroit area. In today’s blog post, we are going to go over a few of the signs that you want to keep an eye out for that are associated with hearing loss. If you do notice any of these signs in a loved one, make sure to schedule a hearing test with the team at Platinum Hearing Aids, and we would be more than happy to provide you with some further insight.

Difficulty Understanding Words

One of the first signs that people notice in their loved ones is an overall difficulty understanding and hearing words during a conversation. In many instances, this will first be noticed when conversations are taking place in a setting with quite a bit of background noise, but it will become all the more noticeable when there it has become difficult to understand others in even the quietest of settings.

Watching Mouths 

When individuals have a difficult time hearing what someone is saying, they often turn to watching the speaker’s lips rather than fight to listen. Lip reading is incredibly difficult at first, making the loss of hearing all the more frustrating. Even so, most people will resort to lip reading when they can’t hear, so if you notice that they’re more focused on your mouth while you’re talking, chances are it’s because they can’t hear you very well.

Loud Volume

Aside from struggling to hear during conversations, many individuals who are struggling with hearing loss will also turn the volume up on the devices that they’re using. From the TV to the radio, it’s extremely common for individuals struggling with hearing loss to hear at the standard volume level. So, what do they do? They turn it up! At times, individuals with hearing loss will watch TV so loud that other members of the household wind up with a headache. If that’s the case for your household, it’s definitely time to consider hearing aids for your loved one.

Muffled Speech

Changes in hearing are the first things that people think to look for, but that’s not the only thing that will change when there’s a decline in hearing. Another common area affected by a loss of hearing is speech. For many, speech becomes muffled when hearing starts to go, often because there’s a lack of confidence in what they’re saying because they can’t hear it back. 

Frustration in Social Situations

After reading all of the different early signs of hearing loss, you probably have a clear idea of why frustration would be something that most individuals would feel after a social event. Between struggling to follow a conversation, separating background noise from the words that someone is saying, and trying to read the lips of the speaker, it’s not surprising that someone hard of hearing is going to be exhausted. After a while, this frustration becomes more and more common, at which point it’s ideal timing to schedule a hearing test for a pair of hearing aids.

Trust the Team at Platinum Hearing Aids

A decline in hearing abilities looks different for everyone. While seniors are the most common age range that struggles with hearing ability, they’re certainly not the only ones that need to be aware of these signs. If you notice any of these signs with your child, your partner, your parents, or a friend that you care deeply about, consider bringing up that they are showing signs of a decline in hearing. More often than not, this will open up a conversation about the struggles that they’ve been having with their hearing.

In the case that a conversation does start about your loved ones hearing or you think a loved one could benefit from some hearing aids to help counter hearing loss, look no further than the team at Platinum Hearing Aids in Detroit. For years we have worked to provide people in the area with high-quality guidance and hearing aids so that they can enjoy the highest quality of life. Whether you’re interested in learning more about hearing aids or you’d like to get a hearing test scheduled, contact our office, and a member of our team will get you taken care of.