Help With Hearing Loss

Remember when you were young, and you’d crank up your Beastie Boys, Elvis Presley or Earth, Wind and Fire, a parent would yell, “Turn it down! You’re going to blow out an eardrum.” And then you’d laugh and think, “Old people know nothing,” as you cranked it up a few more notches.

Those days are over. If you were lucky enough to get out of your destructive years without permanently damaging your hearing, congratulations. For some adults and children, hearing loss is an unfortunate reality. Not only do people who suffer from hearing loss deal with an auditory disadvantage, the stereotype that it is an elderly issue can be stigmatizing as well.

Luckily, with the advancement of technology, there are tools available to those who suffer from hearing loss. Modern devices provide assistance to people who have difficulty hearing without drawing attention and are higher quality than ever before.

There’s an App for That: Smartphone users have a plethora of choices when it comes to phone hearing aid apps. A quick Google search will lead you into an internet rabbit hole of choices. Hearing aid apps have a ton of capabilities including streaming phone calls and music directly into both hearing aids, remote assistance from a hearing professional without ever leaving your home, to even locating a lost hearing aid.

The James Bond Approach: Mini mics are inconspicuous and powerful these days. Perhaps you need to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or an office meeting. Work presentations and auditorium conventions can be difficult due to the speaker being far away and voices blending together. Mini mics allow a person with hearing loss to place a small mic near to the speaker to enhance hearing and extend their listening range.

Old School is Overrated: Hearing aids no longer have to be the clunky devices our grandparents used to wear. Modern hearing systems are so small, making them nearly invisible to others. The stigma of being a younger person with hearing loss is no longer the norm. Many of the new hearing aids are rechargeable and no longer require battery changes, like an iPhone. This is no longer your grandfather’s hearing aid.

Hearing loss is not just an elderly issue. It is important to educate ourselves and others about hearing loss and how to alleviate its obstacles. With all of today’s advancements in medical technology, nobody has to feel like an outsider when it comes to participating with the auditory world. Matter of fact, most hearing aid users can’t believe they waited so long to wear hearing aids and hear better. They wish they had begun the process years before.

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