Why It’s Difficult to Recognize Your Hearing Loss

 

Our children grow up without us even realizing.

That’s because as you’re with them every day, you don’t notice the small gradual changes of growth. Yet when you look back at photographs of them from just a few years ago, you’re surprised at just how much they have changed.

Your hearing is the same.

Due to the very slow gradual nature of hearing loss, it becomes practically impossible to notice any measureable difference in your level of hearing day to day, yet if you were able to compare the difference between now and several years ago, you would instantly notice the stark difference.

This is one of the main reasons why it’s often the people around us that notice the decline in hearing before we do. The biggest problem with hearing loss is that an untreated hearing loss continues to worsen and the longer it is left untreated, the worse it gets.

These are the reasons that we’re so passionate about regular hearing assessments and taking action upon noticing the first signs of hearing loss.

Whether it’s simple things like having the television louder than you used to, or you’re struggling to hear conversations in noisy environments, the best decision that you can make is to schedule a hearing assessment as a precaution at the very least.

To schedule your comprehensive hearing assessment, you can complete the form on this page, or you can call us at (325) 437-4730.

Schedule a Hearing Assessment

What Happens at a Hearing Evaluation?

1. A Big Friendly "Hello"

We want to visit with you and your most familiar voice, a family member or close friend, and understand the reasons you’ve decided to have your hearing tested. Have you noticed difficulty understanding colleagues in meetings? Do you ask family or friends for repetition? Are you frustrated because you can’t understand a favorite television show, even with the volume turned up? Has your spouse accused you of not paying attention or having “selective hearing?” Do you have ringing in the ears?

2. Let's Look In Your Ears

We’ll now visually inspect youears. It’s an important step in understanding your hearing health. We’ll look at both the outer and inner parts of your ears. This will show if you have any foreign objects or wax blocking your ear canal. It will also allow us to analyze your eardrum and auditory nerves, to ensure they are looking healthy.  Once this review is complete, we’ll have a clear picture of any possible issues.

3. You'll Enter The Sound Booth

The hearing test is a simple processThis takes place in our dedicated sound booth, where you’ll listen to specially chosen noises played through a pair of headphones. For one of the testswe’ll give you a button, and it’s youjob to simply press it when you hear a beep. For another, we’ll ask you to repeat words, which will become softer over time. Once the tests are over, we’ll bring you back to our doctor’s office to discuss the results.

4. Review The Results

The hearing testprovide us with a detailed picture of your hearing capacity. Once paired with our visual inspection, we’ll be able to pinpoint the exact nature of your hearing loss or concernSome people’s results might reveal an ear infection. Other’s could suggest permanent damage. But whatever the outcome, your doctor of audiology will be able to break down the data and give you an accurate perspective oyour condition.

5. Let’s Make a Treatment Plan

Once we’ve discussed the outcome of the evaluationit’s time to begin your journey to better hearing. This starts with a treatment plan. These are unique to each person. Some people may require a referral to an ENT physician, who can administer medical procedures. Others may find theneed hearing technology to amplify the sounds passing through their ears. At Holland Hearing Center, we work hard with each patient to find the very best solution for them.

“I’ve always had good experiences at Holland Hearing. The people are always pleasant and caring. I never felt pushed to get my hearing aids but once I did get them, after several years of thinking about it, the entire transition went smoothly. They’ve not lost their patience with my ignorance about the aids and they answer questions with easy to understand explanations. I would highly recommend Holland Hearing Center!”

– Joan H.

“Holland Hearing has always been wonderful at taking care of all of my needs. I have had hearing aids since I was three years old and Holland has never talked down to me or “over-explained” things that I already know about since I have been a longtime user of hearing devices. They work hard at finding exactly what you need to your exact specifications. I will not go anywhere else.”

– Jennifer M.

My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful!How Bill Was ‘Floored’ By The Difference
I first realized that I had a hearing loss 30 years ago when I started to hear a bothersome noise in my ears. I first thought this was tinnitus. The first person that I went to said I had a little high frequency loss and there was nothing that could be done about my tinnitus. Then I started having difficulty accurately hearing certain words, especially in crowds or at a restaurant. As time passed and I knew I needed to get my hearing tested again, my biggest fear was that the tinnitus could not be mitigated and that any devices I needed were financially out of my reach. My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful! I met with Dr. Sue Ann and was made to feel comfortable. I felt like I was important to her and her staff, and that they would stick with me until I was satisfied that my hearing issues were resolved. Everyone was friendly, professional, patient, and genuinely concerned about my situation and resolving my issues. I was floored at the difference the hearing aids made! The devices had a feature to help me cope with the tinnitus and I quickly realized I had been missing out on so much because my hearing was definitely not what it needed to be and could be. The “quality of life” thing exists and was so vastly improved after getting tested and fitted for hearing aids. And I actually was able to afford them! Holland Hearing had payment options that fit my financial life perfectly. If you’re considering visiting Holland Hearing Center, I would say that you would not find a better group of hearing professionals anywhere else. I had experience in Abilene and in Dallas with other audiologists and their staff were not at all positive. Holland Hearing was outstanding in all elements of what I expected from the experience. Anyone in this area who has any concerns about their hearing needs to drop everything and get an appointment with Dr. Mangrem or Dr. Holland as soon as they can. You will be absolutely pleased with the results.

Bill
Being a musician is extremely taxing on your hearing…
“I’m a singer and I’ve sung I don’t know how many times in Abilene over the last 30 years. I came here for my most important stop, Holland Hearing Center. I have severe hearing loss from loud music and shooting guns. I hope if you have hearing loss that you should take my word, I could go anywhere in the world, I choose to come to Abilene to Holland Hearing Center.”

Gary Morris – Legendary Country Artist
It is wonderful to be able to hear again.Nancy Shares Her Difficult Previous Experiences and How Holland Hearing Helped
At age 62 years old, I had my first hearing test and learned I had lost the high pitch sounds in my left ear. It was a bit scary but as I continued to lose more hearing in that ear and some in my right ear, it really started hindering my association with family and friends, making me uncomfortable because I had to ask them to repeat their conversation to me. Because I am very claustrophobic and had been treated harshly when attempting to have further hearing tests at two or three different places throughout the years, I was very scared and hesitant about having a hearing test. In fact, I wouldn’t have gone for another hearing test, but after hearing me say, “Huh?” and, “What?” to almost every sentence, my husband called Holland Hearing without asking me. I found the experience excellent! Dr. Mangrem was extremely patient and understanding with me, making the whole experience very pleasant. For five years prior to my appointment, I had worn a hearing amplifier in my left ear that I had purchased through the mail. It helped me hear a little better but there were disadvantages. It required batteries and the device would squeal loudly when that ear was pressed when hugging, etc. With the ReSound Hearing Aids I purchased at Holland Hearing, both of those problems were eliminated. I hadn’t realized how much I was missing. It is wonderful to be able to hear again. If you’re considering Holland Hearing Center, my advice to you is to make an appointment and give them a chance to give you back as much hearing as possible. It will change your daily life.

Nancy
How Hearing Loss Was Impacting Richard ImgrahamRichard’s Advice for Anybody That Thinks ‘Hearing Aids are for Old People’
I first noticed that I might have a hearing loss when my wife said I never listen anymore. I had noticed some ringing in my ears and some tone loss but prior to my appointment with Holland Hearing Center, I believed my hearing loss was just a part of getting old and that hearing devices were too intrusive and annoying for me to be comfortable with them (which I now know not to be true – I barely notice they’re there unless I fidget with them). My experience at my first appointment was awesome. I had decided to address my issue with a new attitude – be honest and accept the inevitable. I did not realize that I only had a certain frequency loss. The enhancement of that is amazing. Wearing hearing aids means that I can now comfortably play and listen to music. I’m so amazed at the difference in the sound quality I can hear. And as for my wife, she loves me more because I am not ignoring her unintentionally. Because they are Bluetooth connected to my phone, I can better listen to phone calls, the radio, sports, and even meditation therapy. My advice to you is that hearing aids are not just for old people. Everyone at any age needs the most optimal capability of any of our senses given to us by God. Vision, dental, or even hearing. Holland Hearing understands this and I found them to be very patient and educational. Please don’t short yourself on the best quality of life. Richard