Millions of people deal with some degree of hearing loss. In fact, research shows us that up to 15% of all American adults report some trouble hearing.
Hearing loss can impact almost every aspect of your life, from making it harder to communicate with your friends and family to potentially even making it harder to hear noises alerting you to danger. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to help keep yourself safe when you have hearing loss.
Schedule an Appointment for a Hearing Test
If you have noticed that you’re struggling to hear or have had other people comment on your hearing, schedule an appointment for a hearing test. These exams are quick, non-invasive and can let you know what is causing your hearing problems and what noises you struggle with the most and help your audiologist come up with the best treatment plan.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Consistently
The most common treatment for any type of permanent hearing loss is hearing aids. If your audiologist decides that this is the right course of action for you, they will help you find the right model that meets both your hearing needs as well as style and comfort preferences.
However, to get the most out of your hearing aids, you must wear them consistently, not just when you think they are needed. Keep your hearing aids on during all waking hours when you aren’t showering, swimming or otherwise in water to ensure you hear important safety information.
Get Alarms Customized for Hearing Loss
Typically, alarms that alert you to a carbon monoxide leak or a fire in your home do so by using sound. This can be a problem if you have hearing loss, particularly at night when you are sleeping and not wearing your hearing aids.
The good news is that you can now find alarms that are customized for people with hearing loss and use flashing lights and vibrations to help make it easier to notice when something is wrong.
Minimize Driving Distractions
You can drive if you have hearing loss, but it’s wise to take extra precautions to make sure your attention is fully on the road. In addition to using your hearing aids, consider limiting other noises by rolling up the windows, keeping the radio off or at a low volume and asking other passengers in the car to speak quietly when you drive.
Bring a Hearing Buddy When You Go Out
Though it’s sometimes nice to travel solo, it can be helpful to bring a friend or family member with you when you go out to certain places who can help notify you of any important sounds you may miss. Having a friend that can alert you to any potential dangers while out walking at Entradero Park can make you feel more secure when you’re out and about.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment to have your hearing evaluated, contact Torrance Audiology today.