Life just keeps getting busier. So, it’s great when Labor Day swings around and you can actually catch up with family and friends over a big family dinner, right? Maybe not, if you’re spending the entire time straining to hear what everyone’s talking about.

The parade is blaring away on the TV in the background, someone is doing the dishes and it seems like there are different conversations happening in different corners of the room. You don’t normally have any problem with your hearing, so what’s going on?

“I can hear things just fine but I can’t understand”

If that statement sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy. People with high frequency hearing loss often function well in their day-to-day activities but when put in noisy situations their hearing loss becomes apparent.

This is because speech is made up of low pitch and high pitch sounds. High frequency hearing loss makes it harder for people to hear high pitch sounds, which in speech are S, F, Th, Sh, V, K, P.

So, you can hear the vowel sounds and know someone talking, but without the consonants it’s no wonder that you can’t understand what’s being said.

There is a simple solution and here’s the first step.

Get your hearing tested

Annual hearing tests are encouraged at all ages. It’s a good way to stay on top of your hearing health and avoid the slow and steady withdrawal from friends and family than untreated hearing loss often results in.

In East Tennessee, Physicians Hearing Care is on hand to help you get to the bottom of your hearing troubles.

What can be done about hearing loss?

A lot as it happens. Hearing aids today have come a long way. If you’re worried your hearing aid will be a cumbersome, headache-inducing hassle, then think again.

Modern hearing aids, such as the ReSound Linx 3D, available at Physicians Hearing Care, are not only sleek in design but enable great clarity of sound, even in noisy environments.

This comes down to advanced sound detection and processing. High pitch noises can be amplified, without amplifying those low pitch sounds that you can hear fine.

So, get back in the conversation, and get your hearing tested at Physicians Hearing Care.

With our All-Inclusive package, you won’t just get advanced ReSound hearing aids, but a premium service plan to see you through the years for great hearing today and every day therafter. Learn more here.

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Dr. Kalyn Bradford Au.D.

Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the director of hearing aid services here at Physician's Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician's Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a clinical audiologist, where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as director of hearing aid services, where she does an excellent job managing the audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.