Hey there fellow baby boomers – we are all over 50 now, with the last of our group hitting the mark in 2014. But 50+ doesn’t feel that different, does it? On the inside, we are still the same people we always were, and on the outside, we still look pretty darn good. I heard recently that the first 50 years of life are for learning, and the next 50 years are for living. On the whole, many baby boomers are excited about living life fully in their 50’s and beyond. We might hit our strides in our careers or embark on second ones, take up adventurous new hobbies, volunteer, travel, or hit concerts and plays with zeal now that the kids are gone, and embrace technology and social media with gusto. It helps if our health holds up as we embrace our second acts.
Staying healthy with diet, fitness and good medical care is important. So is taking care of your hearing health and embracing the hearing technology available to you to make hearing easier.
Routine hearing checks are just as important as eye checks for people of all ages and should be a part of every boomer’s annual medical routine. Your ears have life experience, and they need care to see if they are showing signs of potential problems. A highly trained audiologist can tell you how your ears are doing and whether you are hearing at an optimal range, or whether you need technology assistance.
If you do need help with your hearing, and hearing technology is recommended, don’t worry. Hearing technology is very advanced and the devices are much better than they were even a few short years ago. On the other hand, if you need a hearing device or other technology and don’t get help, then you may find yourself avoiding social situations, having trouble understanding conversations at work, turning up the television really loud and still missing words, and perhaps enjoying life a little less. So, if you find yourself at a crossroads where you need a hearing device, embrace the technology!
Here are 4 facts about hearing aids today:
- They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use. The hearing aids that sit behind the ear are almost impossible to see, even when the user has short hair. They blend in beautifully – unless the wearer wants one of the fun, bright colors available!
- They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Technological features such as artificial intelligence have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before – and in a broad range of sound environments.
- They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity – directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you – from your smartphone, MP3 player, television and other high-tech gadgets.
- They can be programmed with precision using tiny microphones placed inside your ear canal during the fitting and verification process. Amazing! Studies tell us that this advance in programming techniques has increased hearing aid user satisfaction. It makes sense – hearing aids fit to the user’s exact needs boost the efficiency and enjoyment of the device.
Call Chicago Hearing Care at (312) 643-0782 to schedule your annual hearing check with Dr. Ullauri or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Hearing well is a routine part of living well!
By Amy Weber
Chicago Hearing Care
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