Posted on: 31 August 2021
There are few things that are more disconcerting than losing one of your senses. Whether that is a gradual loss or immediately after a sudden incident, there is never an easy way to deal with such a traumatic event. Sound is one of your primary senses and is utilised every single day of your life, so when it starts to fade, many people become very depressed and withdrawn. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and an audiologist can help get you there with a few helpful consultations. Here are a few things they will do to figure out the solution to your personal experience of hearing loss.
First things first, to treat your hearing loss they need to know just how bad it is and where the problem originates from. There are a number of tests that they use, but perhaps one of the most well-known is done in a sound-proof booth where you have headphones put on and try to relay back to the audiologist what words you hear as they get progressively quieter. They may also want to run some scans but that is less likely. After this preliminary work is done, often in the first session, an audiologist will have a much better picture of your situation and can begin to offer help.
One of the most common solutions are hearing aids, but do not get discouraged. These are not a 'one-size-fits-all' situation, far from it. There are many different types of hearing aids, some so small you can barely see them when they are in your ear canal. For more profound losses, some hearing aids require minor surgery to implant certain parts of them internally, but your audiologist will advise you of that well in advance of it getting scheduled if that is what you want. Listen to what they are saying and give hearing aids a chance for a few weeks, it may not seem like something you want at first, but so many people grow more and more comfortable with their personal hearing aids as they use them longer.
Sometimes it is not just about telling someone they need hearing aids but explaining why this happened, potential future complications and what changes will need to happen in your life to accommodate all of this. No, it is not an easy process to deal with, but there are support groups that can also help, and audiologists are very good at sensing when a person is struggling more than they let on. Dealing with the emotional aspect of losing your hearing can be just as hard, in the short term, as the actual loss of hearing itself, and that should not be underestimated. Your audiologist wants the best for you and has a plan to get you through it, so listen to their advice and start the path to recovery.
Contact a local audiologist to learn more.Share