“Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too” We are all familiar with the opening lines of this classic holiday song, but for some people the sounds of the season are lost due to untreated hearing loss.
The stages of hearing loss are mild, moderate, severe and profound. With mild hearing loss, the sounds of a whisper and soft sounds like those from a grandchild can become difficult to hear. Often times consonant sounds like l, f, m, th and s start to disappear. People with moderate hearing loss also lose vowel sounds, and according to the Hearing Health Foundation, they are often found to say that without hearing aids they hear but can’t understand. Severe hearing loss means that without hearing aids speech is unrecognizable and profound hearing loss means that even very loud noises such as an airplane or an alarm cannot be heard without assistance.
If you have untreated hearing loss or know a loved one who does, here are some of the sounds that might be missed:
These everyday holiday sounds are just a few examples of what might be missed when you or someone you love has untreated hearing loss.
Here are some things you can do this holiday season to improve your hearing health and recapture these seasonal sounds.
Need more advice? Reach out to our hearing centers at 888-685-3844 and we’d be happy to help you get you started on the path to better hearing.