So, you think you might have hearing loss? It can be a little frightening and you may not know what to do next. Here are some simple tips to get you started.
- Do get your ears and hearing checked by a hearing healthcare professional.
- Do ask others if they are struggling in situations where you are struggling. This will let you know if it is you or the environment.
- Do realize your hearing ability impacts your family, friends, co-workers and others around you — not just you.
- Do your research to find a hearing healthcare professional you can trust. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
- Do talk to others with hearing loss. There are many national and local groups that can provide support and guidance for you.
- Don’t ignore it and think it will get better on its own.
- Don’t think you are too young for hearing loss. Over 37 million Americans age 18 and older experience hearing loss.
- Don’t stop going out and being around others because you are uncertain of your hearing.
- Don’t think hearing loss only affects your hearing. Untreated hearing loss is linked to increased depression, social isolation, dementia and a decrease in people’s overall health.
- Don’t be afraid. Hearing loss can be helped, and new technology can do so much more than your “grandparent’s” hearing aids ever did.
For more tips, reach out to your hearing healthcare professional. If you don’t have a hearing care provider, we can help you find one in your area. Just call 1-888-908-1845 or click here.
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