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Is My Age Related to My Hearing Loss?

As we age, many changes happen within our bodies. Our bones begin to grow more brittle and we begin to complain about aches and pains that weren’t there before. One issue that often occurs very gradually is hearing loss.

In fact, hearing loss is so common that 1 in 2 people aged 65 or older experience it to some degree. This might seem like a scary statistic, but there are some things you can do to determine if your hearing loss is related to aging or other factors.

What Are The Symptoms of Hearing Loss?

Obviously, not being able to hear well is the primary symptom, but there are other symptoms that could be warning signs of hearing loss:

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Wanting to isolate oneself from social situations

What Are Age-Related Causes?

Changes in your ears, your brain, and your nerves can all be causes for age-related hearing loss. As you age, there could be small but significant changes in the structure of your inner ear as well as the blood flow to the ear. The small hairs in your ear that transmit the sound to the brain can also become damaged over time.

Impairment in the nerves responsible for hearing may start to happen as you start to age, just as it occurs in nerves throughout your body. Your brain naturally slows down as you grow older and changes can occur that make processing speech and sound more challenging.

What Causes Of Hearing Loss Are Not Related to Age?

It can be difficult to determine if hearing loss is solely due to age; with age, there often comes other issues that might contribute to your hearing loss. People who have diabetes, especially diabetes that is not well managed, can suffer from hearing loss.

Poor circulation, certain medications, and a family history can all lead to hearing loss. It is said so often that it seems a cliche, but smoking can cause a whole slate of health issues— hearing loss is just one of them. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing for your health at any age.

What Can I Do To Protect My Hearing?

Throughout your life, but especially anytime you notice an issue with your hearing, ensure that you are protected from loud noises. If you work in a factory, are a mechanic, or have any position that puts you in proximity to loud noises for long periods of time, it’s vital that you wear protective headphones.

Avoiding prolonged exposure to the loud noises even with ear protection is ideal. Eating right and exercising can also help to slow the aging process and keep your body and brain healthy. The healthier your body and brain, the longer you may be able to keep hearing loss at bay.

What Do I Do When I Experience Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your entire life. Those who are still working when they start to notice hearing loss might notice that they’re struggling to communicate with customers, clients, and coworkers. Your personal relationships can also feel the effects of hearing loss as well.

You don’t have to just accept hearing loss. We can help.

Start by taking VHS’s free online hearing test. We can tell you if you have mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. We’ll give you advice on the kind of hearing solution that would most benefit you. Our hearing devices are affordable and we even offer payment plan options to make sure that no matter what, your hearing health is taking care of.

If you have any questions or concerns about your hearing or the process of getting hearing aids, call our customer service team and talk to a specialist today!

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What is the Difference Between Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifying Products

Many people notice that they’re experiencing hearing loss as they get older. Some people, especially those who work in a particularly loud environment, might notice hearing loss much earlier than they would like. While your hearing loss might not be so significant that you feel you need to see a doctor, it can be an inconvenience at work and in social settings.

Here’s the good news: you have some options before you seek medical treatment. There are devices that work much like hearing aids, with just a few small differences. Let’s break down the differences between hearing aids and personal sound amplifying products so you can decide which device is right for you.

Personal Sound Amplifying Products

Personal sound amplifiers are not regulated by the FDA, so a doctor’s visit isn’t required to obtain them. However, problems might arise with personal sound amplifiers; depending on what kind of device you use, these products will likely amplify all sounds, not just the sounds you can’t currently hear.

These devices are ideal for usage in certain situations by people who don’t have severe hearing loss. They are not meant for continuous use, but rather for situational use. For example, when you go to a party and there is loud noise to combat when you’re trying to have a conversation or when you are listening to a speech and there is quite a bit of distance between you and the speaker, a personal sound amplifier could work for you.

Personal Sound Amplifiers are much less expensive than traditional hearing aids. They typically cost just a few hundred dollars, generally staying under a thousand dollars.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are incredibly sensitive devices that can be modified to amplify some sounds without amplifying others. For some people with hearing loss, this option is cost prohibitive.

Even if you have insurance, it’s likely that all the costs— including the purchase of the device, doctors visits, and upkeep— are not completely covered under insurance. If you don’t have insurance, it can be thousands of dollars to obtain and maintain hearing aids.

As your hearing changes, you’ll be required to visit the doctor again to reconfigure the hearing aids, and the cycle of costs will start all over again.

VHS, however, has turned this industry standard on its head. We will get you the hearing aid you need fast— and without a doctor’s visit. As soon as you have the hearing aid, we will support you with an online audiologist. This professional can help you through the process of using your hearing aid, ensuring that it’s working properly and that you understand exactly how to use it.

We have dozens of experienced audiologists on call who are ready to consult with our customers and ensure that you’re fully satisfied with your hearing aid. Best of all, our hearing aids are much more affordable than those you will find at your doctor’s office.

What Solution is Right For You?

If you think you are suffering from any amount of hearing loss, you can take VHS’s free online hearing test to see what level of hearing loss you might be suffering from. Once you have your results, you can consider what, if any, hearing aid products are right for you!

VHS offers affordable hearing devices, as well as payment plan options for every financial situation. You don’t have to worry about not being able to afford hearing aid devices anymore!

If you have any questions or concerns after taking the hearing test or looking at hearing devices, contact us for further help and information.

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Audiologist vs Online Hearing Test: Which Is Right for You?

As you get older, you may have noticed that there’s been a change in your hearing. Maybe it’s harder to hear a client during a business meeting. Perhaps the loud, ambient noise at a restaurant suddenly makes it difficult to hear your spouse, who’s sitting just across the table. Or, when you offer to drive to lunch, your coworker complains that you always play the radio too loudly.

What does this change in your hearing mean?

Should you schedule an appointment with an audiologist? You might not be ready to wear an expensive hearing device and the extensive testing that comes with it might feel unnecessary and intrusive.

Can online tests truly be trusted, or should you see a medical professional?

Is an Audiologist Visit Necessary?

Perhaps you’re wondering if you can make time in your too-busy schedule to even make this appointment. You’ll have to endure the crowded waiting room, just so you can undergo time-consuming tests and a potentially expensive consultation. You might wonder if all of this is really necessary.

If your hearing loss is extensive, meeting with an audiologist is probably the best course of action for a successful outcome and a specific solution for your hearing needs.

We recommend this quick and easy test to determine whether a trip to the doctor is right for you:

  • Remove external sound stimuli, and rub your hands in front of your face. If you are unable to hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, it may be time to consult a doctor, and work closely with them to find a hearing solution that best works for you.
  • If you are able to hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, congratulations! Your hearing is strong enough that an online test will be accurate and effective enough to manage your hearing needs.

If your hearing struggles are moderate, but significant enough to interfere with your day-to-day life, a visit to the doctor is entirely optional in your quest for a hearing solution. A visit to an audiologist is costly and hearing devices offered through many health care providers are wildly expensive.

Is an Online Hearing Test a Viable Solution?

What’s the best thing about taking an online hearing test? The simplicity.

Our online hearing test is designed to accurately test for hearing loss in the comfort and privacy of your own home, with no time-consuming tests at the doctor’s office. It is accurate, quick, and easy, and at the end of your test, you receive a printable audiogram that will determine if you need any kind of hearing device and which one is the best fit for your hearing needs as well as your lifestyle.

The other advantage of taking an online hearing test is the money you will save. Many health insurance plans, including Medicare, do not cover hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations, or hearing aids themselves.

Monitor Your Hearing Over Time

Our online hearing test is also a great way to gauge your hearing over time. When you don’t have to make time for an appointment, you can take the hearing test at your convenience to evaluate how your hearing may be changing as time passes. It’s an invaluable, cost-free way to periodically monitor your hearing for changes.

Ready to improve your ability to hear the world around you—without having to leave the comfort of your home? Perhaps you want to invest in your hearing, but you still want to save money and receive a high-quality evaluation.

At Virtual Hearing Solutions, we believe that better hearing starts today. It’s time to give our online hearing test a try and check out our premium quality hearing aids, which are priced lower than what you would find at an audiologist!

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Everything You Need To Know About Hearing Aid Maintenance

The decision to get hearing aids is a big one. Once you’ve made the decision and started using your hearing aids, you will want to take extremely good care of them. Even the more affordable hearing aids are still a financial investment you’ll need to keep in good working order. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of all the things you should do to keep your hearing aids working well for years to come.

Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #1: Understand when not to wear your hearing aids

It is very important when thinking about the care of your hearing aids to consider when not to wear them. Hearing aids should not be worn in the pool, hot tub, ocean, river, shower, bathtub, or anywhere else they can get wet. It is an electronic device, and electronics are never supposed to get wet. Make sure when you are doing any hygiene routine, you take your hearing aids out to ensure they stay dry.

As with other electronics, hearing aids should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. If you are going to be outdoors in extremely cold temperatures or extremely hot temperatures, make sure you go ahead and take your hearing aids out. What’s more, leave them inside. Don’t leave them in the car or in your pocket.

Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #2: Feedback Checks

Naturally, when you are wearing your hearing aids, you are constantly listening. But you need to listen for specific things at least once a day. When you turn your hearing aids on, take a moment to listen for feedback. Notice what it sounds like. If feedback is present and continues throughout the day, make sure you notify your audiologist. Feedback can hurt the device, not to mention your ears and the ears of the people around you.

Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #3: Batteries

Hearing aid batteries last anywhere from one to two weeks. If you start to have issues hearing while you’re wearing your hearing aids, make sure you think first about whether or not it is time to replace the batteries. Consider marking on the calendar when you put in new batteries to track how long the batteries are lasting.

If your batteries are close to dying, it might be a good idea to keep a backup on you so you don’t get caught out without working hearing aids. At night, remove the batteries from the hearing aids and keep the battery compartment open so as to air out overnight.

Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #4: Clean Very Regularly

Obviously, since your hearing aids go inside and around your ears, they are coming into contact with your body. Thus, they will have sweat and grim on them. Regular cleaning needs to happen to ensure your hearing aids continue to work as well as they should.

Clean your hearing aids before you go to sleep at night. You do not wear the hearing aids for the entire night, so they will have time to dry overnight after the cleaning. Use a clean cloth as well as a wax pick and brush. Using the proper tools are important when you handle your hearing aids; you don’t want to damage them. Using a subscription service like VHS’ will provide you combined battery and cleaning supplies so you’ll already have everything necessary like the brush and wax pick to make sure your hearing aid is in tip-top shape!

To clean your hearing aid, first, take the battery out and leave the compartment open to air out. Wax buildup in your ear can get in your hearing aid. Use the wax pick to loosen the wax, then the brush to thoroughly clean the wax away. The clean cloth is used to wipe down the entire device.

The Better Hearing Institute has written a comprehensive guide on the maintenance of hearing aids. This can be very helpful for those just beginning to use and maintain their hearing aids.

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, take Virtual Hearing Solutions’ FREE online hearing test today! If hearing loss has occurred, take a look at our cost-efficient and practically invisible hearing aids. Instead of going to the doctor and spending a fortune on hearing aids, you can consult with an online audiologist and start using the hearing aids right from home.

Have some more questions? Call us today and get some answers!

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How Hearing Loss Is Surprisingly Affecting Your Income

Hearing loss is never part of the plan, but if you’re struggling with your hearing, you may already know that it can start to affect every part of your life. Unfortunately, that can include your career.

Finding a solution is incredibly important to your happiness and your wellbeing, but did you know it can also improve your work from day-to-day?

If you’re still unsure about how hearing loss can play a role in your take-home earnings each year, here’s a glimpse into its effect on your total income:

Who Is Affected by Hearing Loss?

Forty-eight million Americans admit to age-related hearing loss. For these Americans, age-related hearing loss happens gradually over time; it can be hard to detect until it’s a noticeable problem. This hearing loss can start to have a major impact on your life well before retirement.

In fact, only 37 percent of people who admit to hearing loss are at retirement age. The other 63 percent of Americans are faced with figuring out how to manage the intricacies of the working world, when they’re not always able to HEAR those intricacies.

But How Does Hearing Loss Actually Impact Income?

If your work involves close interaction with co-workers or clients, it’s important to be plugged into all of the details that drive your business.

Perhaps you lose a sale or a client because you’re unable to hear the customer properly. Even if you don’t lose a sale, a small delay while you take the time to clarify what you may not have heard completely, can cost you in the long run. These small losses can really start to add up.

In a study done by the nonprofit Better Hearing Institute, financial losses related to hearing loss average at about $12,000 per household per year for persons living with untreated hearing loss. It’s hard to stay “in the game” if you are unable to keep up with business small talk or truly grasp your client’s needs or concerns simply because you can’t hear them.

Undetected Age-Related Hearing Loss

In today’s world where everything is available on command, you need be able to trust and rely on your hearing. Age-related hearing loss can be difficult to detect because it happens so gradually, due to changes in the inner ear as we age.

Age-related hearing loss can also be compounded with noise-induced hearing loss, from exposure to sounds that are too loud, or perhaps sounds that are too loud for too long, damaging the microscopic hairs that register sound wave vibrations. Prolonged exposure to video games or loud music are two frequent examples of noise-induced hearing loss.

Between age-related and noise-induced hearing loss, you may find yourself unable to carry on a simple conversation in a crowded cafe or struggling to hear an important phone call.

The Solution

How do you alleviate the damaging financial impact of hearing loss? First, measure your hearing loss with VHS’ free online test. Then, if needed, consider a solution such as a nearly invisible hearing aid from the comfort of your own home. You can even enroll in a payment plan to fit your hearing devices within your budget.

With affordable options and low monthly payments, solutions for correcting hearing loss are not limited to the wealthy. Instead, hearing aids become a business tool to bring you closer to your customers and coworkers, so you never again have to miss a moment (or a big project opportunity that could lead to a promotion!).

Ready to invest in your business and yourself? No longer will “hearing loss” also have to mean “lost business.” Take the online hearing test, and discover which hearing device is right for you, risk-free.

Have questions or concerns, or just want to talk more about how a hearing device can have a huge impact on your life and your earnings? Contact us today!

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How To Hide Your Hearing Aid

As we age, our ability to hear can decline for many reasons. When it becomes hard to hear, all aspects of our lives can be affected. Even so, many adults deny that they’re experiencing hearing loss or that they need to consider hearing aids. They would rather deal with the hearing loss than use hearing aids.

Why is that?

There are many reasons people give for putting off hearing aid usage. They cite expense, doctors visits, and often, there is a denial the hearing loss is as significant as it is. But there’s also the question of vanity.

We fight against getting older. We don’t want to be seen as weak, infirm, or aging. For so long, hearing aids have been a very noticeable sign that you’ve gotten older. Fortunately, this just isn’t the case anymore.

Hearing aids are made smaller now. The wires are the color of your skin or hair, and often they’re nearly undetectable. Here are some helpful tips to further camouflage your hearing aid.

Hide Your Hearing Aid Tip #1: Grow Out Your Hair

Keeping your hair at least chin length will give you the ability to keep your hair down and over your ears. With the smaller hearing aids that are now made, as well as those that are using hair and skin color wires, you likely would never know that the hearing aids are there when you are out and about.

You might also think about styling your hair with curl to add volume so that your ears are even more concealed by your hair.

Hide Your Hearing Aid Tip #2: Don’t Draw Attention to Your Earlobes

Drawing less attention to your ears will also help hide your hearing aids. Wearing large or flashy earrings will draw others’ eyes to that part of your face. As you age, your earlobes can start to droop, and wearing dangly earrings can speed the aging process of your earlobes. Thankfully, this is an easy fix at a plastic surgeon’s office.

Have any piercings sewn up and think about adding a filler to make the earlobe less droopy and flat, and smaller and more full. Then, if you do have your ears re-pierced, turn to stylish studs that don’t hang heavy on your earlobes.

Hide Your Hearing Aid Tip #3: Don’t!

Hearing aids have come a long way since the days of big clunky inserts into your ears that stick way out. There are sleek designs that you can barely see anyway, but what you do see looks much more like headphones or a Bluetooth device than anything else. These hearing aids look like the technical devices they are instead of the clear sign of age that no one wants them to be.

The bottom line: Don’t be ashamed about your hearing aids. Understand that without them you run the risk of becoming more isolated and depressed in your life because your communication with those you love and work with and see when you are out and about in the world will suffer.

If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss, take Virtual Hearing Solutions’ Free Online Hearing Test to determine the level of hearing loss you may be experiencing. If you find you would benefit from a hearing aid, Virtual Hearing Solution can help.

Our hearing aid designs are nearly invisible and can be fitted in the privacy of your home with the help of online consultation from one of our audiologists. Virtual Hearing Solutions hearing aids will cost you much less than the ones you will get at your doctor’s office. We have endeavored to take away all the hurdles to gaining the hearing aids you need.

Don’t keep suffering through hearing loss. Get your questions and concerns answered today!

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Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects tens of millions of people across the United States. Experiencing hearing loss can be a very scary idea for most people. Not wanting to be seen as an “old person” with a hearing aid, they just deal with the hearing loss. But not wanting to be seen as “old” should not keep you from going to your doctor.

There have been leaps and bounds made in the technology for hearing aids. No longer are they the big bulky flesh-colored boxes that your grandparents wore. They are sleek, technological looking designs that are much more likely to be confused with earbuds than they are with actual hearing aids. There are even devices that hide completely in your ears with just a small, practically invisible tube coming out.

When you do decide to go see your doctor about your hearing loss, you should be prepared with some questions to ask. It is also a good idea to have someone go with you who can listen to the doctors answer too, as often it is a lot of information to take in at once. You could also take a pen and paper with you to write down what the doctor is saying.

You’ll likely have some individualized questions for your doctor depending on your unique situation, but the following are good questions for you to make sure you get answer to.

Question #1: Why did this happen to me?

You’ll actually want to break this up into a couple of questions. What are the most likely causes of my hearing loss, and what are the most unlikely causes of my hearing loss?

You want to cover all of your basis. Hearing loss that comes with age is not necessarily the only reason why you are having hearing loss. Make sure you ask your doctor to get more in-depth, especially if the hearing loss seems to be more sudden and more severe.

Question #2: What tests are you going to run?

Your doctor will want to do a hearing test, but there may be other tests needed if your doctor thinks something else might be causing your hearing loss. It could mean x-rays or blood samples. You want to be prepared for any and all tests you’ll have to go through. Make sure you elaborate on all the symptoms you are having so your doctor best knows what treatment course to take.

Question #3: Could it be my medications?

This is especially important if you are taking new medications and the hearing loss seemed to get worse when you started the medication. If you are seeing a doctor other than your primary care physician, you’ll want to take a list of any and all medications you are taking. Make sure to include ones you may not take every day, like allergy pills or headache medicine, as these may be reacting with something else you’ve been prescribed.

Question #4: Will it get worse?

This is definitely something you want to cover when you’re deciding whether or not to purchase hearing aids. Your hearing will likely not get better without the help of hearing aids, but your doctor might be able to give you an idea of how long you have until it gets worse. You should also ask your doctor about the level of hearing loss in both ears. Is it the same or different? Do you need hearing aids for both ears or just one?

Question #5: Does my insurance cover hearing aids and what is the cost?

Hearing aids are very expensive and not always covered by insurance plans. You’ll want to discuss this before you decide to purchase hearing aids from your doctor’s office or from a specialist’s office. There are always subsequent visits and costs as well when it comes to hearing aids. You want to make sure it won’t hinder you financially anywhere along the line.

If you’re concerned about hearing loss you might be experiencing, take Virtual Hearing Solutions FREE online hearing test. From the comfort of your own home, you can find out how much hearing loss you have in each ear.

If you find there is hearing loss, we carry a variety of hearing aids at a much lower cost than you’ll find at the doctor’s office. We have online audiologists who can help you find the right pair for you, and then when they are shipped to your home, adjust them with you so that you are hearing at an optimal level again. Questions? Call us today!

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Is There A Cure For Hearing Loss?

Unfortunately, the simple answer to this question is no. Right now, there is no way to reverse hearing damage and loss. While we can ease the issue for those who suffer from hearing loss with hearing aids, we cannot reverse it without the use of worn technology.

That said, the vast advancements in technology and medicine in the past fifty years— or even the past ten years— shows us that practically anything is possible. There are studies happening right now that focus on how to reverse hearing loss and, eventually, even cure it.

The hope for the future shouldn’t deter you from obtaining hearing aids to combat the hearing loss you are experiencing right now. There is no telling exactly when these studies will come to fruition, and you should not have to suffer the negative effects of hearing loss while we all wait.

Knowing a bit about these studies, and the ways in which you can prevent hearing loss from happening due to environmental factors is beneficial to all of us. We’ve compiled some good facts about both to help you understand more about hearing loss now, hearing loss in the future, and what you can do to prevent it.

Preventing Hearing Loss

There are some things you can do to protect your ears and your hearing over your lifetime. It is never too late to start!

  • Protect your ears around loud noises

Sometimes loud noises are unavoidable. If you work in a factory, you might be around them all the time. If you go to a concert, you’ll probably be exposed to extremely loud noise courtesy of the enormous speakers. Wearing ear protection will help to alleviate some of the effects of loud noises, especially if it is a regular occurrence in your life.

  • Be careful with headphones or earbuds

When you listen to music, or podcasts, or talk on the phone, and you typically use headphones or earbuds to do so, the sound needs to be turned down to a reasonably low level in order to ensure damage isn’t done

Researching a Cure For Hearing Loss

Just because there is no cure for hearing loss right now, does not mean there are not people intently looking into different ways a cure might be achieved.

According to Psychology Today, the Department of Defense is even in on the race to a cure for hearing loss. They have a lot of skin in the game— one of the largest claims from veterans is hearing loss due to training and combat situations.

One of the many different ways that hearing loss occurs is when the tiny hairs in your ears stop growing and break down. The DOD is funding a group that is looking into the hair cell regeneration as a way to cure hearing loss.

Another study is researching drug therapies to repair ear damage and restore normal hearing. They also want to treat the cochlear hair cells, but they also want to do more to understand the organ itself. According to Paula Cobb, executive vice president of corporate development at Decibel Therapeutics, “It is a poorly understood organ in the middle of one of the hardest bones in the body”. Their study would gain more knowledge that will hopefully lead to a cure in the future.

There are so many studies out there with different groups of doctors and scientists all trying different ways to cure and prevent hearing loss. Though they haven’t achieved it yet, there are promising signs in a great deal of the studies being done that one day in the future hearing loss won’t be something millions of people around the world deal with anymore.

Hearing Loss Today

So many people suffering from hearing loss don’t want to seek help. They think that if they go and get hearing aids, they will immediately be looked upon as old or outdated. They envision the large and very noticeable hearing aids their grandparents wore.

The truth is, today’s hearing aids are sleeker and far more difficult to detect. Many are not noticeable at all, and those that are look more like an earbud you’d use to listen to your music than they do a hearing aid.

If you’re concerned at all about your hearing and how it is affecting your daily life, take Virtual Hearing Solutions FREE online hearing test. Once you have your results, if you have hearing loss significant enough to treat, our hearing aids can be bought online, and shipped right to your house. We have online audiologists that can help you adjust the hearing aids and walk you through the setup process. You do not have to live with hearing loss, and thanks to Virtual Hearing Solutions’ affordable online options, you don’t have to pay a fortune for them either!

Have questions? We’ve got answers! Talk to Virtual Hearing Solutions today!

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The Truth About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a big challenge for anyone. You might not even notice it at first; in fact, you might think that those around you are not speaking at a normal level. You may think that it is just the background music at the party that is causing you to not be able to hear the person you are speaking with.

As your hearing loss worsens over time, you’ll eventually realize it is your ears, not environmental factors, that are impacting your hearing. No matter when hearing loss happens to you, it is incredibly difficult to admit. It’s even more difficult to muster up the energy to seek treatment.

Knowing the facts about hearing loss is a good start to understanding why it happens, what you can do about it, and most of all, knowing you are not alone.

The Science of Hearing Loss

One of the first conclusions we jump to when suffering from hearing loss is that those around us are not speaking loudly enough. Hearing loss is actually a distortion of sound. The sound might be plenty loud, it is just starting to sound garbled to you. You are not able to make out the distinctions of sounds anymore. When people speak in a louder voice, it won’t actually help much at all.

Who is at Risk for Being Affected by Hearing Loss?

In the United States, it is estimated that 48 million people live with some degree of hearing loss. Though it is true that your hearing can decline as you age, it is not just older people who deal with the loss of their hearing. Two- thirds of those 48 million people are under the age of 65.

How Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Life?

You might think the answer to this question is obvious: You struggle to hear the people speaking to you. While this might be absolutely true, the impact hearing loss has on your mental state and your brain can be detrimental to your quality of life.

Those with hearing loss can be at an increased risk of cognitive decline. This can become so severe, it might even lead to dementia. Anyone who suffers from hearing loss long enough is likely to start to seek out isolation and be uncomfortable in social situations. This can lead to depression from the lack of human interaction, which is imperative to most people’s happiness and wellbeing.

How Hearing Loss Might Be Prevented

There are many different environmental factors that go into hearing loss, and by taking precaution you may lessen your chances of suffering from hearing loss at a young age.

With modern technology, the ears are at risk almost all of the time. Noise pollution is an issue that impacts people today; in fact, most people never get a moment of absolute peace and quiet. In fact, if you’ve spent any time in a less populated area, the lack of noise can leave you with a ringing in your ears.

Precautions you may take to prevent hearing loss are the following:

  • Do not listen to music too loudly at any time, but especially in more confined places
  • When you have headphones in, do not turn the volume up too far
  • When you go to a concert, use earplugs
  • If you work in a factory or around loud machinery, use ear protection

 

Though it is difficult for many individuals to accept the fact that they have suffered from hearing loss, there are many companies and doctors out there working to make hearing loss a more comfortable topic for people to address.

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, take Virtual Hearing Solutions FREE online hearing test. Without leaving the comfort of your own home you can assess what kind of hearing loss you are suffering. Then, if it’s necessary, you can look at our great range of hearing aids that will get you back to hearing (and feeling) more like your normal self! We have online audiologists who can assist you through the process and, unlike the hearing aids you get from a audiologist’s office, ours are a fraction of the cost!

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These Five Things Will Happen If Your Hearing Health Is Neglected

You might think that neglecting your hearing health will only result in one very obvious thing—hearing loss. But what does that hearing loss mean for your life? Many people think “Well, it would be frustrating not to be able to hear, but it won’t hurt my health.” This could not be further from the truth. There are negative side effects to losing your hearing beyond not being able to hear what is going on around you.

Breakdown of your Brain

Brain atrophy is the loss of neurons and the connections between them. When these connections stop firing, your brain will not be working to its fullest potential. When this happens, it can be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

New studies show that dealing with your hearing loss by protecting your ears and using hearing aids will reduce your risk of brain atrophy and the accompanying Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Decreased Balance

Your hearing is one of the things that keeps you balanced as you move around in life. When you experience untreated hearing loss, you may be at a much greater risk for falling. The older you are, the more likely you are to have hearing loss. At a certain age, a fall can substantially change the quality of your life forever. The use of hearing aids can help to keep you from serious injury.

Depression

Many times hearing loss results in depression, due in large part to social isolation. People with hearing loss can find social functions challenging; they cannot carry on a conversation, because they can’t hear the person they are speaking with thanks to background noise interference. They feel silly asking people to repeat themselves.

Phone conversations also become more and more difficult. Human beings need to interact with other human beings. Lack of social interaction results in depression, which can result in less exercise, poor eating habits, and a decline in overall health.

Diminishing Job Performance

Almost all jobs require some type of interaction with other people. As we discussed, people with hearing loss may start to become more and more uncomfortable in social interactions because they cannot always keep up with a conversation.

If your position requires you to speak with customers, you could start to lose business to miscommunications. Poor job performance can also lead to depression and a decline in quality of life.

Fatigue

Listening is hard. Ask any parent of a toddler asking non-stop questions! Listening fatigue is a real thing. It takes an actual physical effort to listen. Imagine if you had to double your effort to listen because you are suffering from hearing loss. Rather than make your brain and your body work twice as hard to listen all day long, the use of hearing aids can reduce this issue and leave you feeling less exhausted.

There are many reasons people do not want to treat their hearing loss. The biggest reason, though, is the embarrassment. They think people will automatically label them as “old” if they start to wear hearing aids.

In truth, the age of the big clunky hearing aids of your grandparents is gone. Sleek new technology gives wearers the look of wearing headphones or earbuds— that is if you can even see the hearing aid at all.

Hearing aids used to be cost prohibitive as well, but thanks to Virtual Hearing Solutions, you don’t even have to go to the doctor to get your hearing aids anymore. Our FREE online hearing test can tell you if you are suffering from mild to substantial hearing loss.

Our online audiologists can help you to choose hearing aids that will be sent directly to your home. You’ll be able to try on, adjust, and wear the hearing aids for the first time in the privacy of your own home. For more information on how you can treat your hearing loss, call our team today!