The average wait time
The average person with hearing loss waits 5-7 years before seeking help. Many people come to our offices because they are finally fed up with friends and loved ones telling them they need to go get help. The truth is, in most cases, we lose our hearing over a number of years so the gradual loss is just something we get used to.
Signs of a hearing loss
So, what are the signs of hearing loss? Here are some questions to ask yourself. Do people seem to mumble? Do you ask others to repeat themselves frequently?Do you ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Do others tell you that you listen to the television or radio at a loud volume? Do you have a hard time listening on the telephone? Do you struggle to hear conversation in crowded environments such as a restaurant? Do people tell you that you speak loudly? Do you have a hard time understanding a speaker if he or she is not facing you? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you should take the time to get a free hearing evaluation at Beltone of Kansas.
We will give you a comprehensive hearing evaluation to help you understand why you are struggling. If you do not have a hearing loss, we will let you know, but you will have a baseline to know where you stand. Regular screenings starting at the age of 55 are a very good idea because by the age of 65 one in three people have hearing loss. The hearing loss only gets worse over time, but can be helped immensely by the use of hearing aids.
Missing the simple pleasures
So many of us wear glasses (eye aids). After we are used to wearing glasses, it's hard to imagine life without them. They make things clearer and the world a more enjoyable place. The truth is that hearing aids are much the same. They keep us from struggling to hear so that we can enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as going out to eat or communicating with our grandchildren.
If you want to find out more about your hearing loss or to just get a baseline of how good your hearing is, please let us know by visiting our "request an appointment" page. We have offices in East Wichita, West Wichita, Derby, Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City, Newton, Andover, Scott City and Ulysses. At Beltone of Kansas our goal is to help the world hear better.