When it comes to maintaining their health, men tend to wait for serious symptoms to appear before taking the necessary precautions.
Indications of serious physical conditions, however, can oftentimes take a silent form. Take hearing loss: The condition affects more than 31 million people, 65 million percent of whom are men, but the signs of the condition are typically overlooked.
With that in mind, Scott Beall, owner of Sears Hearing Aid Center of Northwood, offers this advice on what to look - or listen - for to determine if men are living with diminished hearing capacity.
“Many men may consider hearing loss to be an inevitable part of the aging process, but this is simply not the case,” Beall said. “By being aware of some of the most common warning signs, men can detect their hearing weaknesses early on and proceed with getting the proper treatment. This can have a profound impact on their overall quality of life.”
Beall suggests men - and those who care about them - take note of the following signs, provided by the Better Hearing Institute, that indicate the presence of a hearing impairment:
• You have trouble understanding the voices of women and small children when they are speaking.
• You feel that people mumble or do not speak clearly.
• You seem to hear better from one ear than the other.
• You turn the TV up louder than others need to.
• You have problems following conversations between the front and back seats of cars.
“If you or a male in your life is experiencing these symptoms, the most important thing you can do is request a hearing test,” said Beall. “Hearing loss solutions have come a long way and can now offer impeccable hearing quality in a virtually undetectable form.”
The Better Hearing Institute reports that today, nearly 95 percent of hearing aids are digital. Furthermore, nine out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.
“Men may be surprised at all of the benefits that stem from improving their hearing,” added Beall. “Taking charge of this one aspect of their health will enhance their personal and social interactions, as well as their professional performance in the workplace.”
Sears Hearing Aid Center offers free hearing tests and consultations for men who may suspect that they are suffering from hearing loss. If any degree of hearing loss is detected during the assessment, options will be presented for amplification solutions.
For more information on Sears Hearing Aid Center of Northwood, call 419-693-9522.