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Tips On How to Live With Hearing Loss

Over 30 million Americans have experienced a degree of hearing loss throughout their lifetime. Hearing loss can occur at any age and can drastically alter a person’s life. People who experience hearing loss may become frustrated, angry, or depressed, which are all understandable reactions. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to adjust to life with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Tips

Understand that you are not alone

Approximately 15% of American adults over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing. Hearing loss is a growing public health concern, yet modern technology is continually searching for effective solutions.

Explore your options

Though hearing aids cannot completely restore normal hearing, they are able to amplify sounds that may be difficult to hear. There are multiple variations of hearing aids available, including ones that are custom-molded to fit inside your ear canal, ones that are molded to fill the outer part of your ear, ones that hook over the top of your ear and connect to the ear canal with a tube, and many others.

Not only are hearing aids a prevalent solution for millions who suffer from hearing loss but so are cochlear implants. A cochlear implant is a complex electronic medical device that can help people with severe hearing loss or those who are profoundly deaf to understand speech. Rather than amplify sounds, cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and stimulate the auditory nerve directly through applying an electrical current.

Optimize your communication environment

When speaking with someone, make sure to face the other person, and choose spots with bright lighting so that it is easier to read lips. Ensure to provide helpful feedback to your conversation partner, by giving nonverbal cues or words of encouragement to convey that you can clearly understand them. Make sure to also turn off any background noises, such as a TV or the radio. 

Aural rehabilitation

Often referred to as aural rehab, this method encompasses a wide range of practices that are aimed to optimize a person’s ability to participate in activities that have been limited as a result of hearing loss. Aural rehab has been found to reduce one’s perception of their hearing difficulties, improve one’s quality of life, and allow the person to become a more efficient use of hearing technologies and communication strategies.

Contact Ear and Sinus Institute 

If you or a loved one is struggling to adapt to a life with hearing loss or would like to explore what options are right for you, make an appointment with Ear and Sinus Institute today.


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