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Hearing loss, all too often, is conflated with old age. However, you don’t have to be old to have hearing loss. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 14 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have some degree of hearing loss. The important thing to remember is that age is a number but also a state of mind. Living younger means taking care of health issues as they arise, so you can access the highest level of mobility and mental clarity as we age.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that putting off addressing a hearing loss will make the issue just go away. Hearing loss however is a permanent condition and treating it just may give you the tools to stay active and get the most out of your life for years to come.
Explore the Modern World of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids have come a long way from the ones your parents or grandparents used to wear. Gone is the spontaneous feedback and bulky flesh tone eye soars. Today’s hearing aids not only come in a wide array of styles and features to match your lifestyle but are on the forefront of micro processing digital performance. When you commit to wearing a well-fitted set of modern hearing aids you help to secure an active lifestyle on the go, for years to come. Today we are realizing that it’s increasingly common to start dealing with hearing loss earlier in life, but this only means you will have the tools to live a richer, fuller and higher quality of life.
Life on the go
One of the keys to aging with grace is making sure you get regular exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week or more. Whatever is your folly, from biking, hiking, tennis, golf, basketball or even wrestling, there are hearing aids which are designed just for your active life. Being alert is essential when we are out in the world. Not only do hearing aids help you hear others around you and participate in conversations with confidence, but they also increase your sense of surroundings. You’ll be able to respond to emergencies quicker and be less likely to miss important sounds which could put your health in jeopardy. Choose a wide array of features and styles tailored for your specific lifestyle activities.
Water-resistant vs. waterproof
Whether it’s sweating or humidity, staying active means you will come into contact with moisture. Moisture is one of the surest ways to fry the tiny circuits of your digital hearing aids or cause your battery ports to corrode. While there is only one completely waterproof hearing aid on the market, many hearing aids today are water resistant, meaning that if you accidentally forget to take them off when you step in the shower or jump in the pool, you should be fine as long as the exposure is brief. Still we suggest investing in a dehumidifier to ensure you get the longest life possible out of your hearing aids.
Wind, dust and sweat
Getting outside is a great way to stay active as well as boost your mood. If you work outside in construction, landscaping or just like to play, you know how dusty, rainy or windy it can be. We can make sure to help you find a device which will be able to withstand the elements. Along with nightly cleanings you can expect optimal performance for your devices for years to come.
Wind can be really irritating for hearing aid users, as it blows across the microphones and causes distracting sounds. This is particularly a complaint we hear from runners, walkers or cyclists. Many hearing aids on the market now offer wind-noise management that reduces the effect of the breeze on the device’s microphone.
Scheduling a Hearing Appointment.
Hearing loss changes over time. We recommend testing your hearing annually to detect a change in hearing which may require a reprogramming of your current hearing aids or an upgrade to a pair which may better support your lifestyle. To find out more, schedule your next appointment with us today.