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Learn from others with hearing loss

If you think you have hearing loss, you are not alone. Over 5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss. Learning from their stories might help you on your journey to better hearing.

Study shows: hearing aids may improve life quality

Hearing loss affects your life in different ways. As it often develops gradually over time, it is hard to know when it's time to seek treatment for hearing loss.

People wait an average of seven years before seeking help. Once they are treated and experience the positive impact hearing aids have on their life, they often regret waiting so long.

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"When I play softball, it's not only about winning, it's also about communicating with my teammates.

The social aspects. And not missing out on anything in my life"


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I would say the most important thing in life is the freedom to be yourself.


Bob is smiling while getting ready to play softball



I have an ambitious mindset.

I want to perform when it comes to sports. I want to perform when it comes to work.


And actually, I want to live my life to the fullest.


Bob holds a softball bat and warms up.


Bob walks towards his teammate and gives him a fist bump



Imagine that ability being taken away from you.


Bob sits on the spectator row and watches the others play while talking with his teammate



I am taking the responsibility to be free.

Free to achieve things in life with no compromise.


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Bob talks with an audiologist in a clinic



When I play softball, it is not only about winning. It is also about communicating with my teammates.

The social aspect and not missing out on anything in my life.



Bob inserts his hearing aids and interacts with his teammates


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5 steps to improving your hearing

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1. Learn how to recognize the signs of hearing loss
Signs of hearing loss
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2. Schedule your FREE hearing test in a clinic near you
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3. Select a pair of hearing aids and receive a risk-free trial
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4. Learn about payment plans and subsidy programs
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5. Hear well and live well. Receive extensive aftercare
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"My health is the most precious thing I have. I see my ability to hear as part of being healthy – and leading an active lifestyle.

I simply do not want to settle. This is the life I want to live."


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My health is the most precious thing I have.


Carmen is playing golf with a friend



Having good health, keeping both my brain and body in shape definitely makes me confident in myself.


Carmen and her friend walk together towards the next hole



I see my ability to hear as part of being healthy.

I live an active lifestyle

Carmen and her friend walk with the golf bag



One thing is physical health. Another thing is mental health

Carmen sits by the sea.



I challenge my brain by going to my Japanese language classes, reading a book, solving my sudoku or playing golf with my friend.


Carmen takes out a sudoku book from her bag.

Carmen laughs with her friend.



It is all about making priorities, keeping me intellectual and keeping me in shape.


Carmen is completing her sudoku and gazes out towards the sea.



That is important for me. So, talking to a hearing care expert


Carmen talks with an audiologist at a clinic.


It was the right thing to do.

I simply do not want to settle.


Carmen inserts her hearing aid



This is the life I want to live.

Carmen looks out towards the sea.

How to know when it's time to seek help

The signs of hearing loss can be vague and gradual, but they can sometimes be obvious and sudden.

If you recognize one or more of the signs below, then it might be time for you to seek treatment.

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Difficulty following conversations
Difficulty following group conversations (especially when background noise is present)
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Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in both quiet and noisy places
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People seem to be mumbling too often
Sounds seem unclear, or people sound like they are mumbling when talking
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Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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Signs of tinnitus
You experience ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears
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Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends and family say you turn the television up too loud


“I asked myself: why compromise if I can do something about it?

And this is why I contacted a professional. I wanted to get back at performing 100%. I wanted life to be as it used to be. I wanted to change my life.”


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I sometimes receive feedback from my students - thanking me for my way of teaching.



Louise walks into the classroom and prepares for class



To experience engaged and motivated students – it is the greatest gift.

You know when they show their passion about my teaching, I feel committed to perform even better.

Louise is teaching and interacting with the students



Discussions with engaged students, the debates, the academic arguments, the different perspectives that we discover through the two-way communication.

I really need to maintain these communication skills in order to do my job to perfection


Louise is talking with a student after class



At one point I was not able to be 100% present in the discussion

My first reaction was, now my students do not see me as competent and sharp.

But then I asked myself, why compromise if I can do something about it?

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And this is why I contacted an expert.

I wanted to get back at performing 100%


Louise is seen talking with an audiologist in a clinic.

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I wanted life to be as it used to be.

I wanted a life-change

Louise interacts with students who raise their hands in class


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