Hearing Loss: How to Improve Your Daily Life
Hearing loss can be a difficult development with which to deal, so it’s important to know the best ways in which you can live life to the fullest, no matter your level of loss. There are tools at your disposal to make everyday life more fulfilling – here are just a few of them:
When it comes to hearing the conversation above the noise in public places, assistive-listening devices, or ALDs, are key tools to successful communication through hearing loss. Many public places that rely on listening, such as movie theaters or speaking venues, should offer ALDs to visitors who want a clear understanding of what’s being communicated on-screen and in-person.
If your doctor recommends it, your daily life could be greatly improved by having cochlear implants surgically inserted into your ears. They’re primarily meant for people with severe hearing loss that could experience improvement from direct stimulation of the inner ear. They can provide a clearer understanding of the sounds around you.
With some levels of hearing loss, people are able to sufficiently improve their hearing through the use of aids. There are a variety of sizes and fits of hearing aids, as well as testing trial periods in many cases, so your options are open. Your audiologist or ENT can help you determine what your best options are.
One way to improve your daily life is to prepare – when an emergency situation arises, it’s a good idea to have a plan for how to be alert and react without full hearing abilities. Outfit your home with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with visual and vibrating capabilities so you’re alert when something goes wrong.
It’s always a good idea to keep in touch with others who are going through hearing loss similar to yours. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), for example, offers opportunities to talk with others suffering from hearing loss, as well as technology information and tips for coping with the loss.
Know your options – hearing loss doesn’t have to ruin your day-to-day life. Learn to thrive every day.
Source: Hearing Loss Association of America
Posted by NJAdmin on Jan 12, 2016