Could a Hearing Aid Help Me?

By Arthur H Katz MD
July 21, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Discover the long-term benefits of wearing a hearing aid.

There are certain songs that you once loved to hear but now it seems like you can’t really hear or understand them. You may find yourself turning the volume up to the max, and yet music just sounds different. This can be particularly unnerving for people, especially for audiophiles who are dealing with hearing loss, but our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help you enjoy music and sounds again with hearing aids.

What are the warning signs of hearing loss?

Wondering if you’re dealing with the beginnings of hearing loss? You might think it would be easy to tell, but hearing loss is so gradual that you might not even notice until it’s progressed. Some warning signs include:

  • Feeling like people are mumbling more than usual
  • Straining to hear people, particularly when you’re in a group setting
  • Having trouble hearing the TV or radio unless the volume is very high
  • People complaining that your TV or radio is too loud
  • Having trouble following dialogue in movies or shows
  • Zoning out and not listening to those around you because it’s too difficult to stay in the conversation
  • Having to look at faces to understand them
  • Having people repeat themselves regularly

Certain sounds and pitches may be more difficult for you to understand and while the voice or sound may be loud enough you may not actually be able to understand what is being said because certain high-pitched consonants are no longer easy to hear. If you also find it more challenging to understand someone when there is noise in the background, this is another sign that it’s time to turn to our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist for a hearing evaluation and to see if hearing aids are right for you.

What can a hearing aid do for me?

Most people assume that hearing aids will restore hearing in the same way that glasses or contact lenses do for vision. It’s important to recognize that a hearing aid will not correct your hearing but rather amplify these problem sounds to make it easier for you to hear those around you, as well as other important sounds such as the oven timer or the doorbell. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you’ll get more benefit from wearing hearing aids in both ears. This is often the case unless our otolaryngologist tells you otherwise.

If you are ready to sit down with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, to learn more about hearing aids and to choose the perfect model for you, simply call our Munster or Olympia Fields, IL, office today at (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to schedule an appointment.

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