Wearing face masks during this Covid-19 pandemic has become second nature to us. However, for hearing aid users, managing both face masks and behind-the-ear (BTE) or receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids is often a real struggle. Hearing aid users are consumed with constant worry and fear that they might lose their hearing aids while removing their face masks. This fear may deter them from wearing their hearing aids regularly. If you resonate with this struggle, look no further. We are going to provide some simple tips on how to manage your hearing aids.
The auditory center in the brain is a biological supercomputer that never takes a break. It analyzes and processes incoming sound patterns around the clock and protects us from sensory overload. But how does it work? How does the brain manage to filter out the correct sounds from the auditory chaos surrounding us? It’s all down to a highly complex evolutionary process, developed and refined over millions of years.
Aging is a natural part of life. To slow down the aging process, we can try several things. Eating right, exercising and managing our stress can all be helpful. But for many people, wrinkles and greying hair are not the biggest concern. As they age, they notice that their ability to hear began to decline. If you suspect that your hearing loss may be age-related, you should know that you are not alone. The condition impacts about 50 percent of people 65 and over.
Although as humans, we are highly visual creatures, we rely on our auditory system for various reasons. We depend on our hearing to communicate, listen to music, stay socially active, and more. Our dependence on our sense of hearing explains why experiencing hearing loss can be more socially debilitating than blindness.
First, it is missing a few words here and there. Then over time, you find yourself unable to participate in conversations. You go through a phase of denial about your worsening hearing loss, until one day, you have to face it. Your hearing is getting worse, and it is starting to take its toll on the quality of your life.