Because hearing loss progresses gradually, many people don’t know they have the condition in the early stages. This is why it can be helpful to be aware of some of the initial signs.
If you have hearing loss, you may hear fine in quiet environments but struggle in louder places like The Hollywood Tavern. The good news is using hearing aids can help you hear better no matter where you are.
Let’s look at why noisy environments are especially hard for people with hearing loss and how hearing aids make things easier.
Hearing Loss Affects Your Ability To Hear High-frequency Sounds
In most cases of hearing loss, your ability to hear higher-frequency or higher-pitched sounds is affected first. This can make it difficult to distinguish speech as many consonant sounds fall into the high-frequency range.
In this case, you’ll be able to hear someone talking to you, but it may seem like their mumbling or that their speech is muffled as you can only clearly make out some of the sounds. Environments with a lot of background noise or multiple voices speaking at once can make it even more difficult.
Trouble Locating What Direction Sounds Are Coming From
Hearing loss makes it harder to locate which direction sounds are coming from. In quieter environments, this is less of a problem. However, when you have competing noises coming from multiple directions, it can be harder to hear your friend call out your name or focus on other sounds you want to hear.
Louder Sounds Can Be Overwhelming for People with Hearing Loss
While this may seem counterintuitive, loud noises can be especially distracting or overwhelming for people with hearing loss. This happens because while your ability to hear at softer or lower volumes is diminished, once a sound gets above a certain volume, you can hear it clearly, and it can seem especially jarring.
All of these factors can make trying to hear in noisy environments a fatiguing and frustrating process.
Hearing Aids Make a Difference
Research has shown that hearing aids with a Dynamic Environment Control System are highly effective for speech perception in noisy environments.
These systems can help suppress background noise, eliminate feedback, and amplify and prioritize speech. They make it easier for you to hear the sounds you want to hear while being better able to ignore the sounds you don’t, regardless of your environment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact Hearing Advancement Center today.