Gilberts Audiology & Hearing Aid Center - Oklahoma

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People are more self-dependent than ever. Does your car need some repairs? You can learn how to do that by watching a YouTube video. Want to unclog your sink? YouTube video. Want to learn how to do calligraphy? YouTube… look, you get the point.

You can find any information you might want to learn and self-learning has never been more accessible. Does that mean you’ll never require a specialist ever again?

Not always. Take, for instance, your hearing aids. Imagine if you notice some hearing loss and find yourself in need of these helpful little devices. Should you run out to Walmart and get a pair of over-the-counter hearing aids? It sounds fairly effortless (and gives you the impression of self-sufficiency), but there are a few considerable drawbacks. Actually, your hearing aids will be more comfortable and reliable if you come in to get a consultation with us.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

You might think that hearing loss symptoms are fairly self-evident. You can’t hear as well, right? Well, yes, but the presentations of hearing loss can be a lot more diverse, and far less evident. In many cases, we are unaware of what to watch out for and we miss the signs of hearing loss.

Some of the most prevalent symptoms of hearing loss include the following:

  • Having to constantly turn up the volume: Is the volume on your television constantly going up? Well, there’s your first common symptom. This one is frequently missed because it progresses slowly over a long period of time.
  • Tiredness and headaches: Your brain often has to work overtime as it struggles to process sound. It’s like you’re constantly squinting with your ears as your brain works extra hard attempting to process sound. Tiredness and chronic headaches can be the outcome.
  • Needing people to repeat what they just said: You’re often needing people to repeat what they said. This is an indication of hearing loss, even if it seems like the volume is the issue. You should consider whether it’s an issue with your ears if lots of people start to seem like their “mumbling”.
  • Having a hard time hearing when it’s noisy: Do you have a tough time following conversations when you go out to dinner with friends or family? This is generally a pretty dependable sign that some amount of hearing loss could be happening.

Needless to say, these symptoms are not necessarily the only signs of hearing loss. Everyone’s hearing loss experience is distinctive. But if you are noticing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit us to get a diagnosis.

Can a diagnosis be helpful?

So, you have the symptoms of hearing loss. Why not simply go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter hearing aid? Well, would you go out and buy prescription glasses without having an eye exam? In the majority of circumstances, it will be crucial to have a detailed understanding of the exact nature of your condition.

Everybody’s experience of hearing loss is distinct and complex. It’s not like someone just turns the volume knob in your ear. Actually, people tend to lose their hearing in particular frequency ranges as the stereocilia in the ear become damaged.

And most people don’t even detect it. The brain is quite good at compensating for these things. For this reason, it’s typically necessary to get a hearing test. This screening process can help you uncover hearing loss you may not even recognize you have. This will also allow you to know which frequencies you’re starting to lose (and as a result, you will be in a better position to control symptoms.)

Seeing a hearing specialist has its benefits

When you go and purchase a hearing aid off the shelf, you’ll be doing your best to match what’s available on the shelf with what you require.

But when you visit a hearing specialist, your hearing aids can be tailored to your requirements. We will help you select the ideal device for your needs and we will tune it to boost the particular frequency that you’re having trouble hearing.

Here are a few other advantages to seeing a hearing specialist:

  • Your hearing specialist can help you set up the necessary maintenance for your hearing aid, making sure that your devices last for as long as possible.
  • When you have trouble using or understanding how to use your hearing aid, your hearing specialist can help walk you through the process and be certain that you comprehend how to get the most out of your devices.
  • Your hearing specialist can also help you understand how to adjust your hearing aid properly. In order to get the best experience from your hearing aid, this is crucial.
  • The ability to help you customize the general fit of your hearing aid, ensuring your devices are comfortable and effectively working.

Even if you get lucky enough to select the best hearing aids for you, if don’t have the benefit of a hearing specialist, your hearing experience will probably be less than ideal.

You will also be better able to manage your hearing loss symptoms with the assistance of a hearing specialist. With the correct strategy, you’ll be a lot less likely to lose friends or become distant with family because of your hearing loss symptoms. Those connections will be maintained. And for the majority of individuals, that’s one of the most important parts of life.

Everything doesn’t always have to be DIY

Getting help with your hearing aid doesn’t mean you are in some way less self-sufficient. Quite the opposite, actually. The correct hearing aid can increase your independence and self-sufficiency.

Diagnosing your hearing loss, managing your symptoms, and selecting the correct hearing aids are all things that your hearing specialist will help you do.

So contact us so that we can help you address your hearing loss.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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