Are you suffering from hearing loss? You’re not alone! According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, it’s the nation’s third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages, but is most prevalent in adults, affecting 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65.What’s surprising is that hearing loss is more common than vision loss. Most of us are quick to see an eye doctor when we’re experiencing blurry vision. Yet, studies show that Americans wait an average of 7 years before seeking help with their hearing. Could you imagine waiting 7 years before seeing an eye doctor? Think about all the sights you’d miss.Well, it’s the same for hearing! You miss a lot of life when your hearing is compromised. And like eye glasses, the best time to get a hearing aid is at the first signs of hearing loss.Hearing aids stimulate the nerve endings so the brain gets the correct message. If the brain has gone a long time without receiving the right message, it forgets about it. While we have made incredible advancements with hearing aids they can only treat so much of a hearing loss. Their main function is to help make sound come in loud and clear. Just because the sound is amplified doesn’t always mean we can make the brain understand what it is hearing. Sounds are comprised of both low tones and high tones known as frequencies. Higher tones are where the consonants are and the lower tones consist of vowels. Oftentimes people have a harder time hearing high frequencies, which unfortunately, is where much of our understanding of speech takes place.