Q. My only problem hearing is in noisy places. That’s all. Big crowds. Restaurants. Near live music. Do I need to get hearing aids to help me hear in those loud places?
A. Noise makes it harder to understand speech whether you have a hearing loss or not. Do other people around you in those noisy areas seem to hear better than you and carry on conversations more easily? If so, I recommend you schedule a hearing appointment. They will check your ears for any wax blockage and test your hearing and comprehension levels. Find a hearing center that will also let you listen to hearing aids after your test. That is the best way to find out if hearing aids will help you.
Let’s say you only have trouble hearing in noisy environments, like most people. Consider using some type of ear plug when you are in a noisy place. Waxy plugs like swimmers use are easy to use to fully or partly block the outer canal – and block the noise. With some of the noise being blocked, you might be able to understand voices near you better.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear 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 you make 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.