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, making many everyday activities an unnecessary challenge.

Below are some facts to consider 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 some hearing loss. Hearing loss is defined as a total or partial inability to hear out of one or both ears.

How Can You Protect Your Hearing?

The best way to prevent hearing loss is to limit exposure to loud noise. Sound intensity is measured in decibels. Continual 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

FACT: Like anything else, what 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.

FACT: Hearing aids do not damage hearing when properly fitted by someone who is trained to do so.

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.

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