The Wisdom Of Protecting Your Hearing From Hearing Loss In The First Place
Chris Crossen wants to give some advice about protecting your hearing from hearing loss before it is too late. He wants to reach out to tell people about his experiences of losing his hearing. “We’ve gone down probably 40 notches on the TV you know how that goes”, Chris Crossen a patient said. Chris Crossen couldn’t hear sounds like a siren or the TV or worse his kids.
“Not being able to hear all the things that go on or happen in the back seat of a car was a concern to me”, Crossen said.
Crossen finally sought help for his hearing loss after 10 years of stubborn denial. Since getting hearing instruments, he feels it has changed his life.
“Being more alert sleeping a heck of a lot better because I wasn’t spending so much energy during the day trying to hearing so those were big things right there”, Crossen said.
But getting checked and getting hearing instruments can be costly. Doctor Cheryl Drost says many insurance companies provide help to cover the costs and there is local assistance available. She says you don’t have to spend your life savings getting help.
“The help comes from often is the office you work with to make sure they’re there to support you to show you how to use it re-instruct you if you need help or if you come in to a problem they’re going to be there”, Dr. Cheryl Drost an audiologist said.
And a big part of that includes his Bluetooth hearing instrument which allows hearing from both ears and to be hands-free. Since getting the hearing instruments, 4 years ago, Crossen says his hearing has improved dramatically and the tinnitus has decreased significantly.
Drost says to get checked if you have any signs of hearing loss but recommends anyone over the age 40 to get checked once a year. Medicare also covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests.