Hearing loss is a common experience for countless older adults. Over time, many individuals struggle to hear conversations, the television, a friend or family member on the phone, and a variety of other normal stimuli that may not have been a problem before. In most cases, hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. However, that does not mean it cannot be addressed or diminished to some degree so that you can maintain a high quality of life. So if you are experiencing hearing loss and are wondering where to turn, here is what you should know:
Hearing Loss Treatment Varies
For many individuals, hearing aids are an excellent option for improving the ability of the ear to perceive and understand sound. These small devices can be chosen based on your hearing loss, ear shape, lifestyle and listening needs. For a majority of those with hearing loss, traditional hearing aids are effective devices to provide a better quality of life.
That said, there may be a time when hearing aids are not enough for a person to be able to effectively communicate with others. If this is the case, a cochlear implant may be the next step for better hearing. If you have been struggling with your hearing for a long time with aids, have a “dead ear” or feel that your hearing loss has significantly worsened you may be a cochlear implant candidate.
Prioritize Your Future
There is nothing more frustrating for you and your family than hearing loss that is preventing you from living your life to the fullest. At Princeton Otolaryngology Associates, Dr. Kay and our team of Audiologists have helped a variety of patients in and around Central New Jersey with their hearing loss. Now, we are ready to do the same for you. If you are interested in meeting with our Audiologists about cochlear implant candidacy do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.