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The Low Talker, or the Strained Listener?

Friday, September 2nd, 2022 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Connie Ferraro – Tellico Hearing Solutions

Do you find yourself always asking others to speak up? Are you turning up the volume on the television more and more? Many of us will experience some loss of hearing during our lifetimes. While many hearing loss sufferers seek treatment, others ignore the problem altogether. In some instances, hearing loss occurs so gradually that it often goes unnoticed. But turning a deaf ear to your hearing loss can get you into trouble. 

I laugh when I remember the Seinfeld episode “The Low Talker” where Elaine and Jerry pretend to understand what Kramer’s date is saying, and Jerry unknowingly agrees to wear a “puffy shirt” on a TV show. If you or a loved one is dealing with similar misunderstandings, maybe it’s time to explore a solution.

It can be hard to acknowledge experiencing hearing-related issues. Hearing loss is so easily dismissed as a sign of aging, and refusing help can be the first stage of denial. But like so many other ailments in life, when left untreated, hearing loss can actually hasten the loss of other skills. Hearing issues accelerate the loss of balance and cognitive function that accompany the aging process.

When someone we truly care about begins to lose the skills and abilities they have always taken for granted, it can mark an often difficult period of transition for them as well as those around them. Sufferers might ask others, perhaps a good friend or spouse, to repeat what others have just said, thinking that the speaker was mumbling or that background noise was interfering with their ability to hear clearly.

Many people refrain from addressing their hearing loss because they think they will appear older or weaker than they feel. But don’t worry: the new hearing aids we sell are not your Grandma’s hearing aids! People will not even notice that you’re wearing them. 

Most hearing loss occurs as we age, but so does the loss of the 20/20 vision we once enjoyed when we were younger. Just as the loss of our once crystal-clear vision is easily overcome with corrective lenses, the same is true of hearing loss. Technological advances in today’s hearing instruments can actually help you, a friend, or a loved one to lead a full and active life.

Just as you wouldn’t refuse to wear glasses to improve blurry eyesight, don’t deny yourself the opportunity to hear clearly. If you, a friend, or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, I believe the greatest gift you can give is the gift of hearing, a gift the wearer will remember and enjoy every day.

Addressing your hearing loss improves your quality of life, yet it may be an even greater gift to your loved ones. When you can hear clearly, communication becomes easier and more enjoyable for those around you – and you won’t accidentally agree to wear any puffy shirts!

So, what’s the next step? Get yourself or your loved one in for a free hearing test and evaluation of your/their current hearing situation. Experience the compassionate caring that you will only find at Tellico Hearing Solutions. And remember that Robert is not only a Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, but he is also a hearing instrument wearer. Call us today and rediscover life’s gift of hearing.

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

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