Hearing loss is generally a slow insidious process which for most people can take many years to develop. The loss is similar to the gradual deterioration of eye sight that nearly everyone experiences as they age.
Difficulty hearing in background noise. Generally, an individual developing a hearing loss will have difficulty in noisy situations because they are able to hear the low frequency sounds often associated with background noise much easier than speech cues. This in its self creates a dilemma because it is often the situation rather than the individual that is suspected of being the issue, so it is not unusual that a person with a suspected hearing loss can go on for several years without recognizing that he or she may have a loss.
Family and friends are generally first to notice. It is often not until family and friends become affected by the actions or inabilities of the person with the deteriorating hearing loss that an individual can even realize that things are not all well. A typical example is that the TV needs to be turned up louder over a period of time, or that a person regularly needs to repeat themselves to the afflicted person. Denial of a hearing loss is quite common, those persons who life quiet singular lives can take much longer to recognize that all is not well with their hearing ability.
Disguising a hearing loss. On the other hand, some people disguise their hearing loss using a number of hearing tactics. Hearing tactics are an effective means of managing a hearing loss whether you wear a hearing device or not. It is said that 80% of communication is non verbal, we often make facial expressions or use body language to convey all sorts of information without uttering a single word. Other tactics can be used to disguise a loss, for instance, some individuals take control of a conversation, literally, and rarely letting others speak. This allows the person to know what is being talked about without the fear of mistaking the topic of conversation. On the other hand some individuals rarely get involved in group discussions or have a conversation where there is noise, they in fact become somewhat reclusive and to some even seem aloof. Both situations describe two very different personality traits and yet both tactics are designed to minimize embarrassment.
Avoiding or rather ignoring a hearing loss can have various implications. A hearing loss can affect more than your social interaction with other people at times it can also indicate that you may need medical attention. A hearing assessment can often identify whether there is the need for medical intervention.
So if you suspect a hearing loss don't put off a hearing assessment, it could be the first step to better hearing. Call now for an obligation FREE appointment and find out how we can help.