Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Few Signs that Your Hearing May Be Slipping

Author: Oswald Melman

Many people would rather not admit when they have a problem with their senses. You've probably seen such people around or you may even fall under that category yourself. These people tend to be those that are always squinting their eyes to read signs, for example. It's true that they could have forgotten their prescription glasses at home, but it's also possible they could be in denial that they have a problem at all. People do the same thing when it comes to their sense of hearing as well. But just like with your eyes, there are a lot of things you can do about such problems.

Maybe you or someone you know exhibits some signs that their ears just aren't what they used to be anymore. Often times, your friends and family are in the best position to know whether your ears may be slipping or not. Since most hearing damage tends to occur over a long time span, friends and family would be able to let you know if you seem to have more trouble keeping pace with normal conversations than you did before, which is often a telltale sign of hearing loss. Sometimes, though, they are too shy to come forward with their observations. You can always try being honest with yourself and asking yourself if you have trouble keeping up with conversations now. You could also ask yourself if you seem to be asking more questions about conversations than you used to, which means that you're having trouble discerning what people are saying. If you'd like a definitive gauge of where your ears stand, the best thing to do would be to get a hearing test performed on your ears. Such a test is non-invasive, painless, and cheap, often times even free.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to issues with your ears. Sometimes it's best to read the signs well before you get to your destination, so to speak. You might want to examine your habits to see how risky they really are. Risky habits are those that directly lead to hearing loss, mostly in the long term but sometimes in the short term as well. One example of such an activity involves listening to music on an mp3 player with in-ear headphones. It's bad enough when you pump the volume all the way up on your mp3 player, but it's even worse if you're using in-ear headphones instead of regular ones because those headphones are placed inside your ear canal close to sensitive tissues. Another example of a risky activity also involves music, but this time at a concert. You can end up doing a lot of damage to your ears if you stand right next to the large speakers that are blasting music at literally deafening levels.

So what can you do once you spot these signs? Just like with your eyes, there is a lot of technology available out there that will greatly improve your hearing ability. An example of such a technology is a hearing aid. Nowadays, they're discrete, effective, and cheaper than they've ever been before.

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About the AuthorIf you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, don't hesitate to do something about it. A digital hearing aid could be the key to greatly improving your quality of life.

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