Not hearing well means that your ability to communicate with those around is significantly hampered. You may find yourself asking people to repeat themselves, or have trouble enjoying normal activities such as talking on the phone or watching television.
“A hearing aid is nothing more than quality of life,” says Wyatt Haney of Miracle-Ear. Haney, who owns three Miracle-Ear hearing centers in Georgia, including locations in Valdosta, Tifton, and Albany, says that well-fitted hearing aids can provide relief from the frustrating and sometimes embarrassing effects of not hearing well. If you find yourself experiencing the effects of poor hearing, hearing aids can help your hear better and, as a result, live better.
There are many causes for hearing loss, says Haney. One of the most common is noise exposure. Any noise over 85 decibels in volume has the potential to cause hearing loss. People who work in noisy environments are particularly susceptible. “In the South, we have a lot of textile factories,” says Haney. “Anybody that works in construction, or that works with power tools, are subject.” Even seemingly “quiet” professions may have some occupational risks. For example, says Haney, dentists that are routinely exposed to the high-pitched squeals of dental equipment may eventually suffer hearing loss.
Haney and his staff regularly participate in community health fairs and visit nursing homes to provide free hearing tests and let people know about how hearing aids can help them. If you think that all hearing aids are large, unattractive, and uncomfortable, you may be surprised to learn about how hearing aids work today. There have been numerous exciting developments in hearing aid technology in the last decade that have made them much easier to wear and use.
“When I first got into the business, hearing aids could not be programmed by the consultant. It was something that had to be done in the factory.” says Haney. “Hearing aids are much more user-friendly. Not only can they be adjusted, but they can be completely reprogrammed in the office as opposed as having to send them back to the factory and wait a week and a half to get your hearing aids back.” That is no longer the case. Digital, programmable hearing aids make it easier than ever to enjoy better hearing with hearing aid instruments designed to fit your lifestyle.
If you are ready to learn more about today’s advanced hearing aids, stop by your nearest Miracle-Ear hearing center for a free hearing test. This simple step can result in a considerably higher quality of life for you and your loved ones.