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Some of life’s best memories involve hearing. Whether it was that Springsteen concert with your wife, watching your alma mater win the big game or enjoying that surprise party your kids threw you, hearing is an important part of our daily lives. What most people don’t tell you though, is that it’s normal to start losing some sense of hearing with age.
Hearing loss can be frustrating and scary, but there are warning signs that can help you identify if you need to visit an audiology professional. Since May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month, consider taking action while it’s top of mind: have your hearing checked regularly, so you can continue enjoying life and making memories with friends and family.
Unsure if you’re experiencing hearing loss? Here are a few common questions to ask yourself:
Do you have difficulty hearing when visiting with friends, relatives, or neighbors?
Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio at levels that are loud enough for others?
Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing that limits your personal or social life?
Answering yes to any of the above may indicate that it’s a good time to consult with a health care provider. AARP® Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA offers AARP members access to one of the most comprehensive programs in hearing health available today. With benefits including an in-person hearing test, savings of 20% on hearing aids and hearing healthcare products, a risk-free 90-day trial for all custom fit hearing aid products, and much more all backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can get peace of mind for less.
Still worried about living your best life? There are ways to make living with hearing loss easier. First, be vocal about it. Tell your friends and family that you have a hard time hearing, so they know to face you directly when they’re talking to you. Seeing facial movements and expressions may help you to understand them better. Don’t hesitate to ask people to speak up. Tell them they don’t have to talk slowly or shout, just speak more clearly. Finally, try to minimize background noise. When going out to dinner, ask not to be seated near the kitchen or the band playing music. Miscellaneous background noise makes it harder to hear people talk.
Take care of yourself by taking care of your ears, so you can continue to enjoy quality time spent with friends and family creating lasting memories.
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.