Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing

Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing

(BPT) – Think what it would be like, if after a lifetime of enjoying the taste of your favorite meal, seeing your children smile, smelling blooming flowers, or feeling the comfort of fresh, soft sheets on your bed, you lost one of your senses. You'd probably be devastated, and want to pursue every option for recovering at least part of what you lost. Yet, when it comes to beloved sounds like music or lively conversation, the common response is to wait years before treating hearing loss or to ignore it entirely. Why isn't the loss of hearing -- a sense just as important to quality of life as the other four -- as much of a motivator to seek help?

Hearing loss is sneaky

Rather than an abrupt, noticeable loss like one you may experience from a cataract, age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) steals hearing a little at a time. It's easy to miss that you can't hear quieter sounds anymore, such as your car's turn signal. By the time you (or a family member) notices you're unable to hear the television or struggling to keep up with conversations, you're likely to have developed subconscious coping mechanisms, such as lip reading. Even after it's obvious that you've lost a significant amount of hearing you might not realize just how many sounds you're missing, because it's been so long since you heard them clearly -- or at all.

Coping with hearing loss

People deprived of their sense of taste simply have to resign themselves to never enjoying eating like they used to again. However, if it's your hearing that's diminished, you can develop workarounds like depending on a family member to serve as your de facto translator at restaurants, performing tasks like repeating the server's questions. Or you might start avoiding social situations, such as going to a bar or restaurant with friends, altogether. Maybe you think you're managing fine, but in reality you're placing limitations on your life that keep you from fully enjoying it.

Cost of treatment versus price of not hearing

Whenever there's a discussion of why people don't get hearing aids, someone inevitably points to expense as a significant factor. It's true that one of the reasons glasses are ubiquitous is that they're available in a wide range of prices, and many types are effective and affordable even when insurance doesn't cover them. However, a comparison of glasses to hearing aids doesn't bear up under scrutiny. Even the most expensive glasses have limited functionality and components, and correcting vision typically doesn't require more than a single annual visit to an eye doctor.

Conversely, hearing aids are high-tech devices loaded with miniaturized components that do much more than magnify sounds. Hearing is a complex sense to correct, requiring not just appropriate volume adjustment but addressing an individual's specific frequency loss. If you have tinnitus (unexplained ringing in the ears) that adds yet another layer of complexity. Hearing aids also have to adapt to your changing surroundings by detecting and distinguishing what you want to hear and reducing background noise. They're also capable of advanced functions like wirelesslyHealth & Fitness streaming audio from Bluetooth(R)-enabled devices.

Many hearing care professionals offer hearing aids at a wide range of price points. It's very possible that your hearing loss could respond well to a pair of hearing aids that are far more affordable than you might expect.

You don't have to simply accept a loss of hearing. Talk to a hearing care professional today and learn what options are available to restore this vital sense.

Signia, one of the leading hearing aid brands, has a compelling offer. They are producing an internet reality series this fall and are looking for Americans who have hearing loss but have never worn hearing aids. If you are selected, you will receive your hearing aids at no cost. You will have to agree to be filmed during the process for their series.

Signia is selecting just three participants, and there is no guarantee you'll be one of them, but you have nothing to lose. If you are interested, you can read about the contest at castingcall.signiausa.com/.


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* Master Of Puppets

End of passion play, crumbling away
I’m your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
Leading on your deaths’ construction

Taste me you will see
More is all you need
You’re dedicated to
How I’m killing you

Come crawling faster
Obey your master
Your life burns faster
Obey your master
Master

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master

Needlework the way, never you betray
Life of death becoming clearer
Pain monopoly, ritual misery
Chop your breakfast on a mirror

Taste me you will see
More is all you need
You’re dedicated to
How I’m killing you

Come crawling faster
Obey your master
Your life burns faster
Obey your master
Master

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master

Master, master, where’s the dreams that I’ve been after?
Master, master, you promised only lies
Laughter, laughter, all I hear or see is laughter
Laughter, laughter, laughing at my cries

Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
Just a rhyme without a reason
Neverending maze, drift on numbered days
Now your life is out of season

I will occupy
I will help you die
I will run through you
Now I rule you too

Come crawling faster
Obey your master
Your life burns faster
Obey your master
Master

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master
Just call my name, ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master
Master

Copyright 2010 Metallica all rights reserved

Metallica-Master Of Puppets (Lyrics) Metallica-Master Of Puppets (Lyrics)

9 Responses to “Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing”

  1. strowen Reply

    wheres the drop

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  2. yo wassup Reply

    Another great song I have found creating my music playlist

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  3. 10,000 Subscribers Without Videos Challenge Reply

    James Hetfield goes to the shop to buy some weed.

    Cashier:-How will yo pay mate?

    James:-MASTER!MASTER!!!

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  4. Dats J Reply

    NQMA!

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  5. Just another Hank Hill Account Reply

    So this DOES sound similar to E1M1. That doesn't mean I discovered Metallica form DooM. I've been listening since I was 4 years

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  6. hughstout Reply

    that moment when you realize this sounds like Doom music…….and you find out it was inspired by this

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  7. Hoang Nguyen (Jeffrey) Reply

    oh my mother fucking peise of shit

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  8. SuperDeansWorld Reply

    so happy I discovered Metallica at such a young age, I'm 4 and a half now. fuck yeahhh

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  9. Mr Rosenbaum Reply

    hamster of puppets is my favorite song by Megadeth

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