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Woman using FaceTimeCommunication is essential, especially during times of crisis. Stay informed about the world around you, but also ensure you have a proper communication plan if you become ill. We’ve compiled ideas for a course of action and how to communicate with hearing loss effectively.

 

Know Your Risk

 

Hearing loss can take its toll during times of isolation, causing loneliness or depression. It also increases the likelihood of medical communication and treatment errors. Aside from communication troubles, those with hearing loss often have underlying medical conditions that predispose them to COVID-19.

Dont Compromise sizedPeople with severe hearing loss know the profound impact their hearing aids have on their everyday lives. But if you have mild to moderate hearing loss, you may not think wearing your hearing aids every day is necessary.

Before you take them out or leave them in your nightstand, consider these reasons for wearing them.

They Help You Socialize

Maybe your children or grandchildren come for a visit or do a virtual call, but you’re struggling to hold a conversation. You need your daughter to repeat herself, and you can’t really hear the grandkids laughing as they play.

You may stop asking others to repeat themselves because you don’t want to be a bother. Eventually, you stop reaching out to socialize altogether, leading to isolation or depression. Hearing aids provide your brain the volume and clarity it needs to process auditory signals so you can interact with ease.

grandmother cookingIf you find yourself using your “good ear” to hear conversations or experience ear pain, you may have unilateral hearing loss. This condition causes uneven hearing loss between your ears. Causes range from earwax buildup to noise damage.

Earwax

Your ears produce earwax to protect the ear canal from debris and bacteria. Typically, it clears itself away as your body produces more. But sometimes earwax becomes compressed in one ear, causing partial hearing loss or pain.

audiologist performing hearing evaluationVisiting a new doctor can be nerve-wracking, but if you prepare yourself before you visit your new audiologist, you’ll find your appointment a pleasant experience.

senior couple talking on couchWhen your loved one starts showing signs of hearing loss, it can be difficult to know how to approach them. A good way to establish a plan for their hearing loss treatment is to include yourself and make sure they don’t feel alone.

Here are some tips for encouraging hearing tests and promoting overall hearing health.

father son cookingIf you’re loading up on junk food and ditching the fruits and veggies, it may be time to adjust your diet before your ears suffer. A healthy diet has direct and indirect effects on your hearing and may be contributing to your hearing loss.

grandmother cookingGetting hearing aids is an exciting time. You're learning about new technology, and now you’ll be able to better interact in social environments.

While there is plenty to look forward too, you may also find it takes some time to adjust to the sounds you’re able to hear again. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to make your adjustment go smoothly.

Walking In SnowWhether you love it or hate it, winter is on its way. Temperature changes can cause moisture-induced damage to your hearing aids, so now is the time to start prepping your devices.

Make Winter Maintenance A Daily Routine

Condensation can form on your hearing aids as you venture in and out of your toasty home to the chilly world outside. That moisture can wreak havoc on the sensitive mechanisms of your hearing aids.

Image of family celebrating the holidaysYour holiday check list is undoubtedly jam-packed with shopping, gift wrapping, and decorating. But before you go and check the next item off your list take a moment to consider your hearing this holiday season.

 

There’s nothing better than catching up with your loved ones during the holidays but hearing loss will make conversation difficult. Now is the time to act so your holidays don’t go silent.

diabetes 300x200Did you know that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have some degree of hearing loss? Studies have shown hearing loss was more evident in diabetics than non-diabetics, though researchers are still uncertain why.

 

Extended periods of unregulated blood sugar can permanently damage the blood vessels in your body, including your ears. Damaged blood vessels in your ears cause permanent harm to the hair cells which require steady blood flow to function.

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