Did you know that 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss? After arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is the third most common physical condition! For an incidence that high, we sure know awfully less about it. Those having a slight hearing loss often find themselves not being able to hear loud enough or clear enough. Often, the affected lot can hear words loud enough, but can’t hear them clearly to be able to make sense. Those with a slight hearing loss may mistake the sound of “th” for “f” and the sound of “p” for “k”. If someone with slight hearing loss hears the word “cloth”, they may hear “clof” instead. If there is background noise, being able to distinguish becomes a lot more difficult.

How medical professionals define mild hearing loss

If the hearing threshold of a person ranges from 26 to 40 decibels across certain frequencies, they can be diagnosed as having a mild hearing loss. There are a lot more people with mild hearing loss than there are with severe hearing loss. However, many individuals with mild hearing loss are not even aware of their situation. Children with mild hearing loss are more likely to have underdeveloped speech and language. Studies show that kids with mild hearing loss have significantly improved their speech and language skills with the use of hearing aid. It was seen that the longer they wore a hearing aid, the better their language and speech skills developed.

Hearing aids can prevent speech development delays for children

There is a wide array of hearing aids out there that vary in types, styles, and degree of hearing loss. The latest hearing aids are specifically developed for those with mild hearing loss. These hearing aids are lightweight with small casing, comfortable and come in a range of colors. Behind-the-ear hearing aid designs are the most popular for those with mild hearing loss. They effectively amplify the sound due to their design. Behind the ear hearing aids sit behind the ear with a tube that leads to a soft tip lying in the ear canal. Consequently, the free-flowing air and sound enter the ear canal naturally, producing a more amplified sound. Hearing aids also include useful features like squeal suppression while you are talking on the phone and volume control.

Do not delay wearing a hearing aid

Since slight hearing loss is often not detected by the person, they may spend years before finally using a hearing aid. Or they might just delay wearing a hearing aid out of sluggishness. Estimates suggest that the average person who discovers their slight hearing loss waits an average of 7 years before they begin looking for a hearing aid. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people with slight hearing loss can make because, during this time, the hearing loss gets worse. The time you take to put on your hearing aid is the time your brain has to forget hearing sounds properly, resulting in the person with a declining ability to understand speech. It is imperative that you don’t let your slight hearing loss progress into a more severe case and get a hearing aid as soon as you discover your auditory handicap.