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The key to properly managing hearing loss is to tackle the issue as soon as possible. Failure to do so can make communicating with your friends, loved ones, and peers difficult. Hearing loss can bring unnecessary challenges to many everyday activities. Keep reading if you suspect you’re living with hearing loss.

Signs of Hearing Loss (Self-Assessment)

Ask yourself the following:

Does it seem like people are mumbling?
Do I have to continuously ask others to repeat themselves?
How high am I turning up the volume on the television or radio? Do others complain about how loud it is?
Do I feel like I constantly misunderstand what has been said to me?

If so, you may be dealing with hearing loss. Hearing loss is defined as a total or partial inability to hear out of one or both ears. While hearing loss comes in many different types, the reality is that it can take away from your enjoyment of life.

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How Can You Protect Your Hearing?

The best way to prevent hearing loss is to limit your exposure to loud noise. Sound intensity is measured in decibels, and the delicate structure of our ears can only handle noises up to 85 decibels. Continuous exposure to noise at 85 decibels or above can cause gradual hearing loss. Louder noises can damage your hearing faster.

Decibel Level
Noise
30dB Whisper
60dB Normal conversation
80dB Ringing telephone
90dB Lawnmower
110dB Woodworking/Motorcycle
140dB Jet engine at takeoff
150dB Most firearms

Hearing Aid Myths

MYTH: I won't be able to afford a hearing aid.

FACT: Like anything else, the price you pay is based on the hearing aid’s style, technology, and features. There are hearing aids to help nearly every form of hearing loss at every budget. At Midwest Audiology Center, we offer different financing options to fit your individual needs.

MYTH: Hearing aids make hearing loss worse.

FACT: Hearing aids do not damage your hearing when properly fitted by a hearing healthcare professional.

MYTH: Hearing aids can't help me with my specific hearing loss.

FACT: These days, hearing aids are made to treat nearly all forms of hearing loss. Before you assume that your hearing loss can’t be treated, we recommend you come in for a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to meet your individual needs and goals.

MYTH: Hearing aids will fully restore my hearing.

FACT: There is no way to completely reverse hearing loss. However, properly fitted hearing aids do provide a significant improvement in hearing ability and will positively impact your professional and social life.

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