If your ears seem less capable lately, read these stats — and how to regain richer sound.
Uh-oh, it’s happening. You find yourself choosing staid restaurants over super-trendy, super-noisy ones. You ask people to talk a bit louder…multiple times. You find cell-phone calls challenging to hear, even with the volume turned up to 11.
Guess what? You’re human. Hearing usually gets less acute with time, and the auditory assaults of modern life can accelerate the process. Here are 10 facts to know now:
If you feel as if your hearing is not as good as it used to be—talking with more than one person at a time is a challenge, or you misunderstand people’s comments—check with your doctor. The culprit could involve a relatively quick fix – a medication you are taking or wax in your ears could be to blame.
But if you do have hearing loss that’s not so easily remedied, know that you have options – and more of them every day. It’s not just about gizmos to stick in your ears. Technology is making inroads that can notably improve your hearing. There are personal listening systems that help people watch TV without blasting the volume, and apps to enhance cellphone sound for easier conversations—just two of the tools that can open a world of sound.
Sources: Hearing Loss Association of America, Center for Hearing and Communication, Medlineplus.gov, and WedMD