Why do we pay more attention to our vision than our hearing?
Both are very important senses, and both cause us great difficulties if they don’t work effectively. But due to the way we use them, their loss affects us in different ways. Many adults get their vision checked regularly, so why do so many people ignore their ears?
Addressing vision loss
When you go to an optician, you look at a letter chart. If you have a loss of vision, you may not be able to read the lower lines of smaller letters, because they become blurry. Your eyes can’t focus on them.
Another way to understand vision loss is to think of how we age. Over time the eyes gradually lose their ability to focus so close objects become blurry. If you are farsighted you know that seeing things close to you – like reading – become more difficult. This loss of sensitivity to nearby objects does not vary; it is uniform.
Comparing to hearing loss
Like vision, our ears often gradually lose the ability to hear high frequencies, both through damage and aging. However, unlike with vision loss, the actual effects of this are not uniform.
Speech is made up of many different frequencies and tones. If we can’t hear high-pitched sounds, we find it hard to understand specific letters such as f, s and t. This is because they contain high frequencies. Such letters can also be drowned out by louder, low-pitched vowels like a, o and u.
In contrast to vision loss where we miss chunks of vision (such as the lower rows on a vision chart), the loss of hearing sensitivity affects many different parts of speech that are scattered throughout the conversation, so random bits of conversation get lost.
Are there similarities with vision and hearing loss
There are clear differences between hearing loss and vision loss. But there are many similarities too:
- Healthcare professionals offer solutions for both
- Both have stylish and discreet options
- Treatment makes it possible to live life fully
- The consequences of not treating the problem are similar for both, including tiredness, mental decline, and social isolation
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Vision aids (glasses) versus hearing aids
When people struggle to see, they wear glasses. These “vision aids” help a broad range of people. Whether you wear them for distance, computers, reading, or a combination, they work best when an optometrist or ophthalmologist checks your vision, writes a prescription, and a professional, such as an optician orders lenses specifically addressing your individual needs – whether you are near-sighted, far-sighted, have astigmatism or a combination of challenges.
The same holds true with solutions for hearing. Since modern hearing aid designs are discreet and stylish – and come in a range of subtle colors – many people find any stigmas to be silly. Besides, if you hear and see well, your entire world is brighter.
For more information contact Hearing Services of Delaware, a HearingLife company at: 302-376-3500, or heardelaware.com.