August 14, 2022
When Should You Look Into Getting a Hearing Aid?
With the recent ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will allow hearing aids for mild and moderate hearing loss to be sold over the counter in stores and online, it’s good news for millions of Americans who are either reluctant to visit their doctor about hearing loss or are unable to afford the devices.
Once available in October, it’s expected that the current number of people who should have a hearing aid but do not (estimated at around 80% by the National Institutes of Health) will drop.
With that in mind, Centers Health Care has a look at four signs that you may have mild to moderate hearing loss and be a good candidate for these new over-the-counter devices.
- Muffled Noises
You may consider hearing loss to be the inability to hear, but the inability to understand can also be corrected. If other people’s speech or sounds in general seem muffled, that can be corrected.
- Trouble Isolating Sounds
Another early sign of hearing loss is if you have trouble if you can’t see the person talking along with problems hearing when you’re in a group, in a noisy area, or on the phone.
- Asking People to Repeat Themselves
These hearing aids will be able to help if you find yourselves asking people to repeat themselves or speak louder or more clearly.
- Turning Up the Volume
If you have to really crank up the volume on your phone, television, or radio, you may want to get your hearing checked. This is especially the case if other people are noting that the TV or other device sounds too loud to them.