Hearing loss is a gradual process and many people don’t realize they are having difficulty until others point it out to them.
The most common indicator is you asking people to repeat themselves frequently. Another is family members telling you that you have the television on too loudly. If you have a hard time following conversations in loud settings, such as in restaurants or malls, you may have a problem with your hearing.
When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to anxiety, insecurity, isolation and depression. Studies find that people who visit an audiologist to receive a proper fitting for a hearing aid find that they can enjoy greater independence and security in life. They are able to communicate with friends and family members more easily. They are able to hear over the telephone more clearly. Hearing loss can be treated with the correct hearing aid. And regaining your hearing can have a dramatic effect on your life.