Q. It used to be funny when I misheard a phrase or word at work or at home. Now it happens enough that my colleagues and family are aggravated and annoyed. And I am becoming more embarrassed and frustrated. Can hearing aids help me?
A. Maybe – to find out you should first consider getting a thorough hearing test and listening to hearing aids.
You might have some highly selective hearing. Maybe you have moments of deep concentration. Perhaps if people called your name first, you would tune-in and understand them better.
If you mishear words and phrases during the midst of an active conversation while you are in person or during a phone call, you might have some hearing loss. Hearing aids that are specifically programmed for your loss (not bought off the shelf) will heighten the parts of speech you miss in order for you hear those words and phrases much more distinctly and clearly.
With better hearing, your level of embarrassment and frustration will drop. And your colleagues and family will not be as annoyed and aggravated. Get a hearing test and take the steps to find out if hearing aids can help you.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.