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Sleigh bells ringing, children singing and all the other happy sounds of the holiday season. The question is: Can you hear them?
From now through the New Year, families and friends will be gathering for joyful and noisy celebrations. But for anyone with an untreated hearing loss, all the laughter and conversation around them may not be music to their ears. Instead of feeling closer to their family, anyone who cannot fully participate in the conversations and festivities around them may spend the holiday season feeling isolated and sad.
Now is the time to prepare for the holidays. Getting a hearing test should be the first item on the holiday “to do” list of those who suspect they have a hearing loss.
Following are the signs of hearing loss:
• Turning the TV or radio up louder than previously;
• Missing parts of conversation while in a group setting;
• Able to hear but can’t always clearly understand all the words spoken;
• Asking people to repeat what they say;
• Perception of people mumbling or sounding muffled, especially females and/or children; and
• Difficulty hearing speech in background noise.
If any of these are all too familiar for you or a loved one, don’t worry — you are not alone. According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, one in three Americans older than 65 has some degree of hearing loss.
Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics hopes to make the season brighter for those with untreated hearing loss by offering free hearing evaluations and hearing aid trials from now through the New Year. For more details, contact Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics, 1415 E. State St. Rockford, at (815) 964-3131, or visit www.ProfHearing.com.