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Individuals are more self-dependent than ever. Want to fix up your car? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? YouTube video. Attempting to learn cursive writing? YouTube… look, you get the point.

You can find any information you may want to learn and self-learning has never been more available. Does that mean you’ll never require an expert ever again?

Not always. Hearing aids are a good example. Imagine if you notice some hearing loss and find yourself in need of these helpful little devices. Should you run out to Walmart and get a set of over-the-counter hearing aids? Although this may make you feel self-sufficient and sound like the convenient option, there are a few real disadvantages. Actually, your hearing aids will be more comfortable and reliable if you come in to get a consultation with us.

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

The symptoms of hearing loss might seem clear-cut, even obvious. Things get harder to hear, right? Well, yes, but the presentations of hearing loss can be a lot more variable, and much less evident. Certainly, individuals often miss the signs of hearing loss because they’re unsure about what to look for.

Here are some of the most common hearing loss symptoms:

  • Having to constantly crank up the volume: Is your television volume constantly going up? Well, that’s a sign of hearing loss. This is one of the more evident ones, but it tends to progress so slowly that it’s usually missed.
  • Needing people to repeat what they just said: You might frequently ask people to repeat themselves. This is an indication of hearing loss, even if it feels like the volume is the problem. If you begin to encounter a great number of people who “mumble,” it may be your ears that are the problem.
  • Headaches and tiredness: Typically, when you have hearing loss, your brain struggles to keep up. It’s like you’re continuously squinting with your ears as your brain works extra hard attempting to process sound. Exhaustion and chronic headaches can be the result.
  • Having a difficult time hearing when it’s loud: Do you have a tough time following conversations when you go out to dinner with friends or family? This is normally a pretty dependable sign that some amount of hearing loss could be happening.

Clearly, there are other signs of hearing loss besides these. Everybody’s experience will be slightly different. But if you are noticing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit us to get a diagnosis.

Can a diagnosis be helpful?

So, you have hearing loss symptoms. Why not just go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter hearing aid? Well, would you go out and purchase prescription glasses without having an eye exam? It might work sometimes. But knowing more about your condition is really essential.

Everyone’s experience of hearing loss is distinct and complex. It’s not like the volume in your ear is merely turned down. Actually, people tend to lose their hearing in particular frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear get damaged.

And it frequently goes undetected. Compensating for these types of changes is something that the brain is very good at. Because of this, it’s usually necessary to get a hearing exam. You may not even recognize you have hearing loss but a hearing assessment can expose any you might have. This will also allow you to know which frequencies you’re starting to lose (and as a result, you will be in a better position to manage symptoms.)

Advantages of going to a hearing specialist

Matching your hearing needs to the available selection on the shelf will be something you’ll need to do by yourself if you go with over-the-counter hearing aids.

But when you visit a hearing specialist, your hearing aids can be tailored to your requirements. We will help you select the ideal device for your requirements and we will calibrate it to boost the specific frequency that you’re having trouble hearing.

Your hearing specialist will also have the following benefits:

  • Adjusting your hearing aid more successfully is also something your hearing specialist can also assist you with. So that you can get the best experience from your hearing aid, this is essential.
  • Your hearing specialist can help you set up the necessary maintenance for your hearing aid, ensuring that your devices last for as long as possible.
  • Confidence, that your device will be comfortable by getting a custom fitting.
  • When you have difficulty using or comprehending how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help walk you through the process and make sure you understand how to get the most out of your devices.

Without the benefit of a hearing specialist, your hearing aid experience will likely be less ideal, even if you do happen to pick the best possible over-the-counter hearing aid for your symptoms.

You will also be better able to manage your hearing loss symptoms with the help of a hearing specialist. With the correct strategy, you’ll be much less likely to lose friends or become distant with family because of your hearing loss symptoms. You’ll be able to keep those relationships. And for most individuals, that’s one of the most important parts of life.

Not everything has to be DIY

Seeking help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are somehow less self-sufficient. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The correct hearing aid can increase your independence and self-sufficiency.

Diagnosing your hearing loss, controlling your symptoms, and selecting the right hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.

So call us so that we can help you address your hearing loss.

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