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Benefits of hearing tests

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Welcome to Costco Hearing Aid Centers. We created this DVD to introduce our members to the complex world of hearing loss and hearing instruments. We hope that this video provides a useful tool for you and your loved ones to make an informed hearing instrument purchase. Hearing loss usually occurs gradually over time. The signs are subtle at first. You may have difficulty hearing soft voices, or in noisy environments. You may find yourself saying, what? Or asking people to repeat themselves more frequently. Nationwide, more than 28 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step toward better hearing. At first I didn't want to admit that I couldn't hear, but, as time went on, I realized that I was missing a lot of the conversations. Especially at work I'd miss important things, so I thought, I'd better get my hearing tested. I put off getting the hearing aids for a long time. I knew that I was having a problem hearing, but when I finally did it, it was all so easy-- the hearing test, the fitting, getting used to wearing them. I'm just sorry I didn't do it sooner. To fully understand the effects of hearing loss, it is important to understand how we hear. In the outer ear, sound waves are collected and channeled along the ear canal to the ear drum, located in the middle ear. As the sound waves hit the eardrum, three small bones in the middle ear begin to vibrate, passing the sound waves onto the inner ear. Fluid in the inner ear transmits the vibrations along a coiled tube called the cochlea, where thousands of microscopic hair cells, or cilia, are bent by the wavelike action of fluid inside the cochlea. The bending of these hairs sets off nerve impulses that are then passed through the auditory nerve to the hearing center of the brain. This center translates the impulses into signals, such as speech, music, and noise, that the brain can recognize. My friends and family have really noticed an improvement. Now I feel like I'm included in conversations, and it's wonderful. Being a musician, I was looking for a hearing aid that could return the sound of music as natural as it could possibly be. I've missed that richness in my life, and these hearing aids have done that for me, and changed the quality of my life immensely. It is so wonderful to be included in conversations now, to hear what my grandchildren are saying, to feel a part of everything that's going on in the room, rather than being isolated. My advice to anyone who knows they have a hearing problem is to do something about it now. Don't put if off any longer than they have to. And bring back that richness and quality of life that you're missing, and you'll thank yourself every day that you did it.