Post COVID-19 – Has Your Hearing Changed?

by | Oct 25, 2021 | Patient Resources

It has been a long 18 months. We have all been forced to make changes that we may or may not have agreed with. Whether it be for work, social life, or health reasons, a lot has changed.

Your hearing is not exempt from those changes. Even those with healthy hearing may notice significant changes as they reintroduce themselves to louder situations. Your hearing is like a muscle, and if not properly exercised, it can become out of shape.

We are all excited to get back to our lives as we remember them from 2019. Those days are just around the corner. With all that excitement on the horizon, I want to take this opportunity to prepare you and your hearing for a busy time ahead.

Be Prepared For An Adjustment Period

Although you may have been preparing for the end of covid and an end to restrictions, your hearing has not. It has gotten used to quiet environments and not having to struggle in large rooms or with loud noises.

Be patient with your hearing as you retrain it to hear everything you missed over the last 18 months.

The thought of returning to restaurants is exciting. We want you to enjoy this time out of your house and with the friends and family you’ve missed dearly.

Your hearing aids have settings to help you manage background noise. Since your hearing has changed, then your hearing aids may need a “tune-up.” If you need a refresher on how to use these features, give us a call.

We would be happy to help optimize your hearing aids to your new normal. Hearing aids are a modern marvel of technology, and they possess the power to help you no matter what your hearing status is. If your hearing isn’t quite up to snuff, then bring them into us for a quick look under the hood.

Take Note Of Your Environment

Going out may seem a little different these days, and your hearing will be the first to notice. Try not to overdo it at first and ease back into standard social settings. Maybe it’s not a good idea to go to a heavy metal concert right away.

If you do go to any loud spaces, then be prepared with some hearing protection. It doesn’t have to be big earmuffs like they use on the airport tarmac. You can get small foam earplugs that discreetly fit in your ears.

If somewhere seems too loud, then feel free to excuse yourself to give your ears a rest for a couple of minutes. Just like if you went to the gym after a long break, you wouldn’t jump right back into the same heavy weights you were doing before; you would have to start slowly.

Remember, if you go to a concert or are in a noisy environment, it is vital to protect the hearing you have. We encourage all our patients to be proactive with their hearing and give it the same attention as your eyesight or even your teeth.

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Recalibrate Your Hearing And Your Hearing Aids

Improperly programmed hearing aids will result in rejection of the device or, even worse, damage to your existing hearing. Just like over-prescribed glasses may give you headaches and strain your eyes, your ears are no different.

If the aids are not programmed correctly for your hearing loss, speech will not be clear, and your hearing could be further impaired. If you currently wear hearing aids and you suspect that they are either not programmed correctly or not functioning as they should, you may be right.

We are available to repair and service hearing aids and program them. Please reach out to us if you feel you are not hearing up to your potential.

Did COVID-19 Restrictions Affect Your Hearing?

Masks have been an absolute nightmare for the hard of hearing.

Suddenly, lips were covered, and all visual cues were gone. If you are hard of hearing and struggling when communicating, we have learned how to program hearing aids to compensate for masks’ volume and distortion.

We have helped hundreds of patients in Maryland deal with this problem already. Our team is prepared to address whatever issues you are having with your hearing, no matter the cause.

When Was Your Last Hearing Check-Up?

If you have not had your hearing tested since the beginning of the pandemic, then now is the perfect time to get a checkup. We can perform a comprehensive hearing assessment to get all the information we need to assess your hearing.

We are also available for a friendly and no-obligation chat over the phone. Our team is experienced and passionate about serving the residents of Maryland, and we want to make sure you’re hearing at your best all the time.

Let’s get excited about the upcoming months and be prepared to hear everything there is to hear in the future.

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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