Better Hearing and Speech

Home Care in Lexington NC

NIDCD-Header-LogoFocusing on communication problems that can come against people of all ages, organizations like the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) as well as the American Speech and Hearing Association are working to bring awareness to our communities of the harm that can come from having untreated hearing or speech problem.

One topic of conversation among the discussions is hearing loss that is age-related. While the instance of hearing deficit among younger people is on the rise, and noise-induced hearing loss is a very real thing, the most common form of hearing loss is unfortunately seen among the elderly population.

Get Tested and Get Help
According to Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, the local office of audiologist Dr. Lorin Oden, there are some questions to ask if you or a loved one are experiencing difficulties hearing to see if you could possibly benefit from hearing devices. Look through this short quiz and consider whether you should make a call to your doctor today.

1. Background Check: Do you have a hard time hearing if there is noise in the background? When you are in a crowded room, or in a group of people, or if the tv or radio are playing, do you find yourself frustrated at not being able to focus on what is being said by the person in front of you?

2. It’s all a Misunderstanding: Do you frequently find yourself not understanding what others are saying, and then feel foolish at the big difference between the reality of what is said and what you thought?

3. Kid Power: Is listening to a child speak a difficulty to hear or understand? Have you ever wished they would just speak up?

4. Ring Ring!: Are your ears ringing? It might not have anything to do with someone thinking of you, as the myth goes. Ringing in the ears is one definite sign of hearing loss.

5. Say it Again, Sam: If you find yourself frequently asking people to repeat what they’ve said because you don’t hear or understand, or if you are asking people to speak up more often than not, this is a sign that you may need to make a visit to an audiologist.

6. Avoiding the Issue: Do you find yourself avoiding activities or situations that you used to enjoy, simply because you know you will be unable to hear well in that particular setting?

These are just some of the questions you will find on the quiz to help you decide if a visit to the doctor is something you should put on your short list of things to do. Be realistic and be honest with yourself–that is the first step toward getting the help and the treatment that you need.

Dangers of Letting Your Hearing Loss Go Untreated
While no one wants to admit that hearing loss is happening to them, letting it go untreated puts you in a dangerous situation. Not only does it make things more awkward for you socially, and yes, it causes you stress and frustration that doesn’t need to happen, but there is more.

We rely on our hearing to help us stay safe and out of harm’s way in many situations.

• When we are driving, we are alerted to an emergency vehicle or to a potential road hazard.
• Smoke alarms are there to wake us in the night and get us out of the way of danger.
• If we receive directions for taking our medication and we misunderstand what is said because we can’t hear fully, we are putting ourselves at serious risk.

Sometimes, hearing loss is an indicator of other, more life-threatening issues that our body is fighting. Not getting help for your potential hearing loss only leaves you in a vulnerable position of wondering what you are missing, or if something deadly is causing your symptoms that needs to be treated as soon as possible.

So if you took this quiz and it seems like you or someone you love are experiencing hearing loss, don’t hesitate. Contact your doctor today–it could be the most helpful news you’ve heard all year!

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lexington, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 612-4132

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