Fri, 09/09/2011 - 18:47

Have you been noticing hearing problems lately? Has your family suggested that you see a “hearing doctor” (an audiologist)? You may put off visiting an audiologist because you feel your hearing isn’t that bad or because you attach a stigma to hearing aids. But, if you do in fact have hearing damage, it is important to seek treatment right away. Doing so can improve quality of life for your family (so they aren’t always repeating themselves or shouting at you) and protect your mental health. Recent studies have shown a correlation between hearing loss and loss of cognitive function*. Making sure you can hear will allow you to stay more engaged with the world around you and may help preserve your mental acuity in the process. And, because now there is a completely invisible hearing aid on the market, there’s no excuse to avoid a hearing aid for cosmetic reasons.

Once you’ve made the big decision to address your hearing loss, the next major step is to consider forms of treatment. For many people, hearing aids can be an effective solution. However, the multitude of options out there can be overwhelming if you’ve just begun your search. If you or someone you know is feeling this way, the hearing aids overview below may help. We’ve summarized the different types of hearing aids out there, the advantages and disadvantages, and how to know whether a Lyric could be right for you.

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