You have an inkling that something is wrong with your hearing. But it’s not always hard to hear. For example, perhaps you can clearly hear and understand a friend who’s visiting you at home. But in a busy restaurant, it’s almost impossible to have the same conversation. Like a lot of other health conditions, hearing loss comes in various types and degrees, and no two people experience it exactly the same way.
For many people, the day comes when they decide to do something about their hearing loss. Perhaps they’re tired of struggling to keep up with conversations, fed up with frequently having to utter “huh?” or “pardon me?” Maybe they’ve cut back on social engagements, or they’re worried about how a hearing problem is affecting their career.
When you get sick, you see a doctor, especially if your condition is highly treatable. (Who wants to be sick?) But if you have a hearing loss, you might be tempted to avoid or delay seeking treatment. This is unfortunate. Besides missing sounds that add meaning to life, you may be putting yourself at risk for negative consequences you never envisioned.
“You need to get your hearing tested.” Whether spoken by a family member or your family doctor, these seven words aren’t always easy to accept. Your response might be “I’m not ready yet.” But what are you really saying? Do you fear the unknown? Or perhaps you have misconceptions about what’s involved with a “hearing test” appointment.
You feel well. You look well. But are you really healthy? Regular health screenings can detect a variety of medical conditions in their early, most treatable stages — even if you have no obvious symptoms. The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services recommend a number of screenings for men and women between the ages of 50 and 64.*
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Do you need hearing aids? Do you have a medical flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA)? If you answered “yes” to these questions, we have great news: You can use your FSA/HSA funds to pay for hearing aids and professional hearing healthcare services.
Every month of the year, in countries around the world, the calendar is filled with health-related commemorative days, including World Cancer Day on February 4, World Multiple Sclerosis Day on May 25 and World Pneumonia Day on November 12. But none is nearer and dearer to our tickers than World Heart Day on September 29.
At the age of 3 months, Alex Mussomeli’s hearing loss was diagnosed, and he was fitted with hearing aids. When he was 3 years old, he received a cochlear implant for his right ear. His mother, Nada, believes Alex’s young age helped him adjust more quickly to the implant.
In many respects, Alex Mussomeli is a typical 10-year-old boy. He enjoys art, music, sports, cooking and video games. But what really impresses people who meet Alex is how thoroughly he understands the technology that helps him hear and how matter-of-factly he shares this information with others.
For longer than you care to remember, you’ve promised yourself to get in shape. But inevitably, you’ve put it off, perhaps dreading the cost and hassle of a fitness club membership or the sizable investment involved with buying new equipment.
You should listen to Ramona Braganza.