Learn about hearing aids from your Maysville doctor.
Has it become more difficult to follow conversations or hear the dialogue on your favorite TV show? You may have hearing loss. Our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Paul Conrad, shares a few signs that you may benefit from a hearing aid.
Keeping up your end of the conversation has become a challenge
It's hard to participate in a conversation when you can't hear every word clearly. If it seems as if everyone you know has suddenly developed a mumbling problem, you may hearing loss. Unfortunately, you may miss key points when you only hear part of the conversation. The frustrating problem can interfere with your relationships with friends and family members and even affect your job performance.
The TV is never loud enough
Do you find yourself hitting the up arrow on the TV remote much more often than usual? Difficulty hearing the TV or radio may be a sign of hearing loss. In many cases, you may not be aware of the problem until a family member mentions it.
You avoid the telephone
If you once enjoyed talking on the phone, but now primarily use texts and emails to communicate, hearing loss may be to blame. You may be relying more heavily on visual clues than you realize during your face-to-face conversations. Because you can't see the other person's face and mouth when you chat on the telephone, you may find that it's very difficult to hear.
You don't like going to the movies
"The louder the better," seems to be the motto at most movie theaters, but turning up the volume won't necessarily make it any easier for you to hear. In fact, loud background music can make understanding the dialogue very difficult
A hearing aid may improve your hearing
A hearing aid is an excellent solution if your hearing loss is due to damaged hair cells in your ears. Although the damage can occur naturally as a part of aging, it may also happen if you've been exposed to loud noises or have taken medications that affected your hearing. Hearing aids make sounds louder but also decrease background noises that make it difficult to hear clearly. Aids are available in analog and digital models and can be worn in the ear or over the ear.
Would you like to find out if you can benefit from hearing aids? Call our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Conrad, at (606) 759-4852 to schedule a hearing evaluation.