When’s the right time for a hearing evaluation?

Probably sooner than you think.

Jim Smith, Head Audiologist at The Hearing Center 

As the old story goes, there’s good news and bad news about hearing loss. The good news is that the human brain – your brain – is amazingly good at adapting to many different kinds of obstacles, including things like hearing loss. You may be suffering from a slight decline right now and be hardly aware of it, because you’ve found ways to compensate – simple things like turning your head and leaning forward to hear better; or asking people to repeat what they’ve said; or waiting for the conversation to move on so you can catch up. Maybe you’re adapting by simply avoiding social situations like noisy restaurants and parties, where the background noise makes it so hard to understand the conversation that you really have to strain to hear. Still, by coping and adapting, you feel like you’re getting by.

Know what you’re missing.

So what’s the bad news? You may be adapting so well that you don’t know what you’re missing. You’re unaware of lost information, lost opportunities, and the lost energy you spend just trying to keep up. You just know that social situations are more tiring than they used to be. Those embarrassing moments when you don’t catch someone’s name or some other important bit of information are growing more frequent.

If you’re like many people with age-related hearing loss, the condition progresses as you get older. And as it progresses, you work harder to cope, maybe without even realizing it. As good as your brain may be at adapting, the effort it takes tends to diminish the parts of your life that matter most: sharing with friends and family, keeping ahead in your business, and spending time out in the community.

People with advanced hearing loss describe this state as a feeling of isolation, of being trapped. They find it physically and emotionally tiring to strain to hear a conversation in a noisy setting. It’s just too hard to make the effort. So they give up.

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Break through the isolation with new hearing technology. There is help for people with hearing loss: a wonderful array of modern hearing solutions that can make it easier to breakthrough the wall of noise and focus on what’s important. Modern hearing technology, like the new Intiga instrument from Oticon, can not only help bring you back to a fuller and more vibrant social life; it can make things like concerts, radio, telephone and TV much more rewarding experiences than ever before.

But what happens is that people tend to put off getting help later than they should. They adapt a little more, and miss out a little more, every year. They don’t realize how much they’re struggling, and living increasingly isolated lives.

Don’t let old myths about hearing aids delay your chance at a fuller life. 

There are a variety of reasons that people put off getting help. The main one is a lack of understanding of what modern hearing technology is and how it helps. We’ve found that there are at least three big myths that keep people from trying out hearing technology, putting them on the road to years of frustration and isolation instead of a happier life.

Myth 1: Hearing instruments are just amplifiers… and I don’t need more loudness. Hearing aids used to attempt to help just by upping the volume of every sound. But that’s not how it’s done today. Devices like Intiga use the latest breakthroughs in microprocessor design, audio signal processing technology, and materials science, not to indiscriminately raise the volume of what you hear, but to sharpen the focus of what you hear. So you’re better able to hone in on a conversation in a wall of party noise, and shift attention from one voice to another as you choose. With Intiga it’s easier to understand and respond to a soft, high-pitched voice – a child or an elderly person, for example –because your hearing instrument works to help your brain recognize natural speech cues and keep competing noise less distracting. Intiga even uses Bluetooth™ technology to let you stream sound from a TV, phone, computer, or other Bluetooth device, for a high-end audio entertainment experience.

So this is not your grandmother’s ear trumpet. Nor is it your father’s case-and-cord hearing aid. A hearing instrument like Intiga is exquisitely programmable to match your hearing profile. Intiga works with your brain to help you hear more naturally, even in difficult hearing situations.

Myth 2: Hearing instruments are uncomfortable and unattractive. Ironically, this myth persists because modern hearing instruments like Intiga are so well concealed that most people never see them. The styles most people see in public are actually older generation units worn either directly in the ear or in a large behind-the-ear case. Instruments like Intiga are an astonishing blend of camouflage and miniaturization that disappear behind the ear, tinted to blend with your hair or skin color. They are ultra-light, and you barely feel the Intiga receiver as it hovers over your ear canal and delivers sparkling, vibrant sound.

Myth 3: Hearing instruments are not for me. Not yet, anyway.

People who believe they have only slightly impaired hearing often make the mistake of thinking that they don’t have much to gain from a hearing instrument like Intiga. It’s a shame, because they waste years of their lives coping and adapting, and missing out on the joy of being more fully engaged with family, friends and colleagues.

There’s only one way to dispel this myth: see your hearing care professional, get a hearing evaluation, and try Intiga risk free. The only way to understand what you’re missing is to try these state-of-the art hearing instruments in your own home, your own office and your own daily life. If you’re suffering from hearing loss, you’ll see how Intiga helps pull you back into the more vibrant life you love, in a way that adapting, coping, and older hearing technology cannot.

Live in the Now. Try Intiga risk free. Take control now, with Intiga, and move to where you want to be… in the center of your life, living every moment to the fullest.

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