Living with Hearing Loss

Living well with hearing loss can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t received a diagnosis and don’t have access to treatment. By recognising the signs of hearing loss, and taking the appropriate steps to combat it, you can live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Signs your hearing loss is becoming a problem

Managing your hearing loss improves your quality of life in several ways.

In addition to helping you hear with more clarity, effective management makes you feel more confident, reduces anxiety, and makes you more comfortable in social situations.

To achieve those benefits, look for the following signs that your hearing loss is becoming a problem:

  • You find it difficult to keep track of conversations when you are part of a group.
  • The presence of ambient or background noise makes it harder to hear what others are saying.
  • Other people sound like they’re mumbling or you have to keep asking them to repeat themselves.
  • You feel fatigued at the end of the day because you keep having to strain to hear people.
  • You often have to turn the volume of your TV or radio up to hear it.

4 Steps to Enjoying Better Hearing

Living well with hearing loss doesn’t have to be difficult. By following these four steps, you can enjoy better hearing.

Take preventative measures

Preventative measures cover any action you take to prevent hearing loss or reduce its effects. Such actions may include wearing earplugs in noisy environments and reducing your exposure to prolonged noise above 85 decibels.

Monitor your hearing

Don’t ignore the signs that you’re starting to lose your hearing. Living well with hearing loss becomes harder if you allow the problem to worsen. Speak to an audiologist as soon as you spot one of the signs discussed on this page.

Get regular hearing check-ups

Knowing where you stand makes a huge difference. Schedule regular hearing checks to keep track of your hearing health and stay ahead of any problems.

Use hearing aids

Today’s hearing aids are more discreet and powerful than they’ve ever been. If you have hearing-related challenges, use hearing aids to overcome them.

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Tips for Living with Someone with Hearing Loss

If somebody you love experiences hearing loss, you might find it difficult to convince them to get help. 

These tips for living with someone with hearing loss assist you both in supporting your loved one and getting them the help that they need:

  • Keep your hands away from your face when you’re speaking
  • Be patient whenever speaking to somebody who has a hearing aid
  • Lower background and ambient noise
  • Find different ways to say the same thing if your loved one doesn’t understand you
  • Try to face your loved one directly when talking

Take our quick hearing self-assessment

If you’re unsure whether you need to schedule a hearing check, this quick questionnaire helps you figure things out:

  • Do other people sound muffled or sound like they’re mumbling?
  • Is it hard for you to hear high-pitched sounds, like the ding from a microwave, clearly?
  • Do you often ask other people to repeat themselves?
  • Do you regularly turn the volume up on your TV because you can’t hear it?

If you answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, it’s a good idea to get a hearing check. Schedule your free assessment with a Freedom Hearing audiologist today.

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Living with Hearing Loss FAQs

Yes, it is possible to live a normal life with hearing loss. There are many ways to manage and treat hearing loss, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and therapy. With the help of these devices and accommodations, many people with hearing loss can live fulfilling and active lives.

However, it’s important to note that hearing loss can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, and the degree of impact may depend on the degree and type of hearing loss, as well as the individual’s age, general health, and overall medical history.

For some people, hearing loss may make it more difficult to communicate with others and participate in social activities, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. For others, hearing loss may affect their ability to work or perform daily tasks, which can lead to financial difficulties and loss of independence.

It is important to have regular check-ups with an audiologist or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor to monitor the progress of your hearing loss and to consider the use of hearing aids or other assistive devices as soon as possible. There are also support groups, counselling, and therapy options to help people with hearing loss cope with the challenges and adjust to their new reality.

In addition, there are now smartphone apps, video relay services and captioning services that can help people with hearing loss communicate more effectively.

Hearing-deaf relationships are possible if you have a good partner, appreciate one another, and have enough patience.

It all comes down to you as individuals and the effort each of you makes to communicate effectively and understand one another, just like it does in any other kind of relationship.

It is advised that spouses participate actively in appointments with a hearing care specialist so that couples may encourage one another.

Partners will have a deeper knowledge of their partner’s challenges and what can be done to address them by participating in these visits.

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