Does someone in your family have hearing loss? Perhaps your child or teenager has been struggling to hear in school. Or maybe you are noticing the signs of hearing loss in yourself, such as turning up the volume on the TV, asking people to repeat themselves, and having a hard time hearing conversations. Treating hearing loss is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your loved ones. Hearing aids will help you enjoy conversations, improve your relationships, and improve your overall quality of life.
Hearing loss among both adults and children can make it very difficult to follow conversations. Even if you think you heard every word in a conversation, you can’t quite seem to understand what was actually said. This is because hearing loss isn’t just about volume. You also lose sounds in certain pitches. For example, high-frequency hearing loss makes it hard to hear high-pitched consonant sounds. When you can’t hear all these sounds, conversations will sound garbled and meaningless. Even if you heard most of the sounds, you didn’t hear all the sounds you needed to make sense of the words.
Treating hearing loss helps you understand conversations! Your hearing aids are calibrated to match your unique hearing loss, so they will help you hear the high-pitched or low-pitched sounds you’re missing. With these sounds filled in, you’ll be able to easily understand conversations.
For adults and children alike, hearing often plays a major role in relationships. When you can’t hear clearly, you have a hard time following conversations or enjoying time with family and friends. If your child has hearing loss, they may fail to hear when you call them from another room, and they don’t hear you ask them a question about their day. When your loved ones don’t respond, it’s easy to think they’re being rude or purposefully disrespectful. Hearing loss can chip away at relationships and come between you and your loved ones.
However, treating hearing loss improves relationships. When everyone in the room can follow conversations and hear what’s being said, families can get back to spending quality time together. Enjoy movie nights with the whole family, deepen your relationships with your loved ones, and avoid miscommunication and misunderstandings.
Meet Educational Goals
Children and teenagers with hearing loss struggle with both social and language development. For children, teens, and young adults, hearing loss also poses a number of educational challenges. It’s hard to hear the teacher at the front of the room, and hearing loss can make you miss important details. It’s also much harder to hear any media or audio played in class. Finally, classmates may think the person with hearing loss is rude, lazy, or incompetent, when in reality their hearing loss is holding them back.
Treating hearing loss helps children and young people meet their educational goals. They’ll come home from school excited to have heard everything the teacher said. Hearing aids make it easy to hear and understand questions and comments from classmates. Finally, hearing aids with connectivity features offer more great programs, letting children connect their hearing aids directly to the sound system to get the audio streamed right to their ears.
Better Spatial Awareness
Ears do more than help us hear. They also give us spatial awareness of people and things in our surroundings. Hearing lets us identify where sounds are coming from, and how far away the sound is. This is essential for children to play safely outside.
Hearing aids make it easy to hear and identify more sounds. They also make it easy to determine where a sound is coming from. Hearing aids also help reduce background noise, making it clear which sounds are nearby and which sounds are coming from farther away.
Improved Quality of Life
If you could give yourself or your child a happier life, would you? Wearing hearing aids improves your quality of life. Hearing all the sounds in the environment lets you interact with the world in more meaningful ways. You’ll also understand conversations and deepen relationships with your loved ones of all ages. Hearing aids also reduce listening effort, so you’ll use less energy straining to hear, and have more energy available for more important things in life.