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You may need hearing aids and not even know it!

You may need hearing aids and not even know it!

If you do these 6 things you may need to visit an Audiologist!

If you love going to concerts, use a Bluetooth earpiece, or wear earbuds you may be putting your health at risk and not even know it! We live in a world where noise is a constant; honestly, we do not even realize how loud things are. Construction sites, firing ranges, going on a bird hunt, and even that awesome rock concert may not be what is best for your ears.

Now, I love loud live music and I always have. I absolutely turn the radio up loud…and the television, and I ask people to speak up when I cannot hear them. Yes, I also wear hearing aids in both ears due to hearing loss. Now, being hearing impaired has taught me to cope with my hearing loss. Many people cope with hearing loss in our society and do not even recognize what they are doing.

There are things that people do that may be signs they need to go get their hearing checked out by an Audiologist with a specific hearing test that can determine if their hearing loss is significant enough to need a hearing aid.

This list is not complete by any means, nor it is a medical diagnosis. However, if you or someone you know are using these as coping techniques you may want to pursue going to the Audiologist:

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1. People complain that you have things turned up too loud.

You are used to hearing people say, “Can you turn that down please?”

You are constantly turning up the volume on the radio, television, or your laptop. Or, you ask others to turn up the volume. This may sound obvious, but many simply do not see this as a sign of hearing loss.

2. Asking people to repeat what they say.

You commonly use the phrase, “What did you say?” Or, “Huh?”

That’s right, those with middle tone loss (like I have) tend to have difficulty hearing what an average adult says to them even at close range sometimes. Now, I did say an adult; children usually have higher pitched voices so you may not have as much difficulty hearing them.

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3. Changing rooms during a conversation.

You tend to say things like, “Wait a minute, I will be right there.” Or, “I can’t hear you, can you come in here please?”

Now, this may sound a bit strange but stay with me here. Usually those with hearing loss need to be in the same room with the person(s) they are talking to. Even yelling from one room to the next often poses problems for them. They will either go into the room with the person who is talking, or ask them to come into the room where they are.

4. Not hearing what others are saying correctly.

Think: do you often here the phrase, “I didn’t say that!”

Many times, those with hearing loss hear a few phonetic sounds of the word and their brains may piece the rest of the word together. If you tend to hear words that were never said or have misinterpreted words regularly, this is a sign you need not ignore.

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5. Sitting in one specific area in large meeting places.

For example, I tend to want to sit in the front left of any meeting I am in: in a staff meeting at work, in church, or when I am in a class. I do not sit there out of habit. I sit there because I hear better when I am in that specific location. People who have hearing loss usually want to sit with their stronger ear towards the speaker; thus they regularly want to sit in the same location.

6. You watch people’s mouths.

You don’t do this because you like the color of their lipstick, you watch their mouths to read their lips. Yes, even people with a mild hearing loss will do this, so that they “hear” what the person is saying correctly. Usually, your eyes can help your brain understand what the person is saying by reading their lips, so that your brain does not make up the syllables it did not hear.

Again, this list is really not exhaustive, but it is a list of things to consider. If you really do have the above issues, you may want to consider visiting an Audiologist. Now, I have had hearing aids since I was a child, so I am quite used to all of the above accommodations. People even with a mild hearing loss tend to cope naturally.

What you do not want to do is ignore these signs. Your coping strategies will not solve your hearing loss.

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For more information on symptoms of hearing loss visit this page.

Featured photo credit: Man with hearing aid/Bundesinnung Hörgeräteakustiker via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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