Choosing to use a hearing aid is a life-changing decision. Hearing aids do far more than amplify sound; they can significantly improve your quality of life.

Hearing loss can impose major stress on your life, from social interactions to job performance. Still, some people find hearing loss difficult to accept and avoid wearing hearing aids. If you’re experiencing hearing loss and considering using hearing aids, we at Southern ENT Associates can help. When you discover how much using a hearing aid can improve your overall quality of life, you’ll feel very comfortable making an informed decision.

Hearing aid technology

Hearing aid technology has changed drastically over the last two decades for the better. Modern hearing aids are nearly invisible in the ear and offer features like wireless connectivity. Today, adults and children have more options than ever when it comes to choosing the right hearing aid.

There are hearing devices available to fit all lifestyles and levels of hearing loss. When it comes time to select a hearing aid, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.

No more bulky hearing devices

The latest innovations in hearing aid technology make many aspects of life easier and more convenient. Hearing aids have become smaller and less noticeable. Whether worn inside the ear or behind the ear, there are various shapes from which to choose.

You can feel confident wearing your hearing aid knowing you don’t have to wear a large, bulky device that draws attention. Most of today’s hearing aids are nearly undetectable.

24-hour batteries offer freedom

In the past, wearing a hearing aid often meant worrying about running out of battery life and having to replace batteries or charge them frequently. Today, many hearing aid manufacturers offer devices that hold a 24-hour charge, giving you the freedom to engage in your work, social life, and other daily activities without concern for battery life.

Stylish options

When you think about hearing loss, you may picture an elderly person. But people of all ages experience hearing loss and must make the decision to use hearing devices.

In the past, unattractive devices might have made you feel self-conscious or embarrassed to wear hearing aids. Today’s modern devices feature sleeker, more attractive designs. In fact, some designs are so stylish that they look more like accessories. You no longer have to sacrifice style to improve your hearing.

Hearing aids make life easier

Wearing a hearing aid gives you the ability to hear sounds effectively and communicate with loved ones and the outside world. It also means the ability to maintain a sense of independence and safety.

Untreated hearing loss can make everyday interactions like speaking to a waiter, running errands, and talking on the phone frustrating. It can also leave you feeling helpless and dependent on others. Routine tasks that were once a breeze, like picking up dry cleaning can become tedious. When you choose to wear a hearing aid, you find it easier to accomplish tasks that are crucial to everyday independent living.

Diagnosing hearing loss

Hearing loss often happens gradually, making it difficult to notice in the early stages. Signs to look out for include:

  • Asking people to repeat what they’ve said
  • Turning up the sound on the television or radio
  • Feeling like people are mumbling or speaking softly

Our otolaryngologists at Southern ENT Associates can help get to the bottom of your symptoms and determine the cause of your hearing loss.  

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, have your hearing checked. For more information on hearing loss and treatment contact one of our seven convenient locations throughout southern Louisiana to schedule an appointment with one of our providers. You can also click the “Book Online” button at the top of this page.

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