Most of us will get our eyesight checked once a year. So why is it so many of us neglect our hearing over other health checks? The sooner a hearing loss is detected and treated the better, yet it takes on average 7 years before people seek help. The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that around 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it the third most common health condition in the U.S.
Don’t be afraid to talk to family and friends about your hearing loss, explain what you may need help with. For example they may be able to help you feel more included in group conversations. Likewise, if you struggle in your place of work, let your supervisor or the Human Resources department now. They may be able to help you with specialized equipment, such as a caption phone.
You may also want to consider looking for local support groups. Not only will it help demonstrate how common hearing loss and hearing aid use actually is, it may help you feel less isolated.
Regular screening of your hearing is just as important as eyesight and general health checks. If you are ready to take control over your health and hearing please call (631) 993-4719 or click here to book a consultation with the hearing care professionals at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing.
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