“Wearing hearing aids is not something men want to do,” is a statement all too often overheard from middle-aged men that don’t feel hearing aids fit with their image and lifestyle. Whether this concern is the result of denial or pride, ironically it is said by men who may benefit the most from hearing aids.
My grandfather was one of those men resistant to wearing hearing aids in his 70’s. “Real men don’t wear hearing aids,” is something he told me after I offered to help him find a local hearing care professional. While I knew that statement was more directed to the thoughts of his VFW buddies, I know he overstated himself to put an end to the nagging from many people. What he and all of our caring family members didn’t know is that stage of hearing loss was the most important time for him to seek a hearing aid solution.
Twenty years later, my grandfather eagerly wears his hearing aids to stay a part of the conversations with my grandmother, our family and his friends. It’s sad to say his attempt to hear is rather futile because his hearing seems to be too far-gone. His years of untreated hearing loss have limited his ability to regain hearing. I often see his frustration and disappointment when he misses out on cherished moments and makes others work hard to communicate with him, including his wife. I know, without him needing to say it, that he wishes he could undo his past statement and choose to get hearing aids earlier on.
If you are experiencing hearing loss, don’t put off seeking treatment. The pride you have today can result in regret later on, just like with my grandfather. And if you are getting push back from a loved one with hearing loss, don’t relent. As you can see from my grandfather’s experience, you will be doing them an injustice by enabling them to live with untreated hearing loss that only worsens with time. Call your local Audibel office or submit your information on their Contact Us page to schedule a complimentary hearing consultation.
Guest blog by Todd H.
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It is estimated that a person with hearing loss waits anywhere from seven to ten years before taking action. Yet unlike loss of vision, which most people readily accept, part of the delay for treating hearing loss is due to a lack of understanding or denial for the underlying causes.
There are several possible causes of hearing loss with the most common being sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when inner ear nerves are damaged and do not properly transmit sound signals to the brain. Your inner ear contains tiny hair cells. Prolonged exposure to loud noises such as a shotgun or rifle close to your ear can cause them to wither. Without these hair cells, the ear cannot detect sounds properly. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by an injury, illness, medications or the aging process, but exposure to loud noise is one of the most common causes.
Some individuals also experience hearing loss due to disorders with the inner and outer ear. This type of hearing loss is called conductive hearing loss and can result from ear infections, impacted earwax, malformation of the ear structures or other related issues. These factors can occur at birth or as a temporary dysfunction.
Both hearing loss causes can also be combined for a mixed hearing loss. Individuals with mixed hearing loss not only have inner or outer ear problems but also reduced hearing due to aging and noise exposure. It is recommended to treat each factor separately to get the best treatment options.
Regardless of what caused your or a loved one’s hearing loss, it is important to seek hearing care to avoid communication and listening difficulties. We recommend having your hearing checked by one of our qualified specialists . If hearing aids are recommended for your type of hearing loss, don’t delay in getting fit. Simply visit our Contact Us page to request a complimentary hearing consultation.
Each May we celebrate new beginnings such as graduations, the return of green grass and the sounds of chirping birds. This festive month is important for another reason as well – Better Hearing Month! At this time of year, we reflect on the importance of better hearing and how our many patients have benefitted from hearing care.
Yet for many, May is not a month of better hearing. All too often we hear from the children, friends or spouses of individuals that refuse to accept their hearing loss difficulties. These companions reach out to us in hopes of setting an appointment for a free hearing consultation on behalf of a loved one, but that person still prefers to not participate. What they are experiencing could be the important, yet easy to ignore, early signs of hearing loss.
The signs of hearing loss typically include difficulty comprehending speech in noisy environments, straining to hear conversations on the phone, struggling to listen to music or television at normal volume levels as well as persistently needing others to repeat themselves. For close friends and family members, these indications are quite noticeable. As hearing loss progresses, symptoms occur more frequently and more severe changes begin to happen such as withdrawal from social events.
Make May what it can be for all – a better hearing month! Whether it is you experiencing signs of hearing loss or a loved one, take the first step today. To do so, simply call our office or submit your information on our Contact Us page to schedule your free hearing consultation.
Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aid Centers is a proud member of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. As a Hearing Angel, Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aid Centers donates to the Starkey Hearing Foundation one hearing aid for every hearing aid we sell. Last night ABC featured the Foundation’s latest work. Watch it here.
If you would like to help out the Starkey Hearing Foundation, or learn more about their amazing work, visit them online.
Do you know about our full hearing and eye healthcare center in Bloomingdale, IL? Since 2009, Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aid Centers has partnered with Wohl Eye Center – a leader in their health field – to bring area patients hearing and vision care in one location with providers you can trust.
Studies have show that there is a direct correlation between vision and hearing loss in adults in older persons. This sensory decline can have a cumulative effect on well-being, quality of life and connection to family and friends. Call today to book your hearing and vision examinations!
We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our newest location: Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aid Center, Niles, IL! We are proud to be serve the needs of the Lake and Cook County communities and provide the best technology and products available on the market today. Our team of highly trained professionals is dedicated to ensuring that every patient leaves our office with the best solution for their lifestyle. We are committed to helping our community with better hearing.
We welcome you to stop in our office to have your hearing tested or test how your current hearing aids are performing. We will make adjustments in our office if needed at no charge and will continue to service all makes and models of hearing aids.
Come into meet us and see firsthand how we can make a difference in your hearing. As a thank you for stopping by, we are offering a pack of FREE Audibel premium batteries to current hearing aid users and an upgrade opportunity that can’t be missed – 40% OFF Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aids with premium digital technology! We will also be performing free hearing examinations. Call us at (847) 296-3344 to schedule an appointment today!
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By now the call of the wild has beckoned hunters everywhere as hunting season has kicked off. When avid hunters rush out to the fields before sunrise, many tend to forget a very important piece of equipment – hearing protection. Whether using a shotgun, rifle or other firearm, the repeated exposure to gun shot sounds can be very damaging to ears. Hearing protection has been a challenge in the past since hunter’s need to fully hear the sounds of the animals they’re tracking. Usually when an animal is spotted there isn’t time to put in hearing protection before shooting.
To overcome this challenge, we are excited to offer an ideal solution called SoundGear. These miniature devices, as pictured above, function as sound amplifiers, to better hearing rustling game, and hearing protection to block out damaging sounds of firing gunshots. The process to block gunfire noise is quite impressive. The devices compress booming sounds before it reaches your eardrum.
SoundGear offers a great solution for hearing protection and sound amplification, and are easy and comfortable to wear all day. The orange sleeves covering the devices give a comfortable and snug fit for all ears. If you are interested in SoundGear for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, simply call us today!
This October marks another celebration of National Protect Your Hearing Month in the U.S. and as a part of this campaign we want to take a moment to share some great awareness statistics and efforts. The biggest part of this initiative is to build awareness for the effects of potential noise damage from audio players and other devices so everyone reduces their likelihood of hearing loss. In fact, research shows that 1 in 5 teens in the U.S., today, report some degree of hearing loss due to noise exposure in their daily life. By actively choosing to reduce the volume of music players and to wear hearing protection in overly noisy environments, this number can be reduced in the future.
The same principle applies for adults today. In our fast-paced lives it seems as if the world continually gets noisier. By choosing to protect hearing at arena events or when taking public transportation one can help reduce the likelihood of needing a hearing aid in the future. Recently the Starkey Hearing Foundation has launched an awareness and education effort for protecting your hearing called Listen Carefuly. For anyone that wants to learn more about the potential hazards to hearing health and how to protect it simply visit http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/programs/listen-carefully/. Also, to receive hearing protection or have your hearing tested please Contact Us today.
For the ‘iPod’ generation, potential hearing loss complications are becoming a legitimate concern. In fact, recently the New York City Mayor announced a new health campaign for area residents as one focused on building awareness and action for headphone wearers to turn down the volume. While some have reacted skeptically, this couldn’t be more important of a message. Today’s music players are not only projecting the sound closer to the ear drum with ear bud headphones, but people are also spending more time listening to music at high volumes. Both which can have an impact on the development of hearing loss.
This cautionary message does not just apply to the younger generations. Frequent mp3 player usage at high noise levels is also taking place with the baby-boomer generation as well. In order to prevent the damaging effects on one’s hearing from overexposure to loud music listening more and more people need to be made aware. By building awareness, just as Mayor Bloomberg has decided to do, it can reach millions of people in time to get them to turn down the volume and listen carefully. We at Chicagoland Audibel Hearing Aid Centers strongly support this cause to not listen up but listen carefully. If you or a loved one would like more information on preventing or treating hearing loss please Contact Us today.
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