As the largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque is also the noisiest place to live in the region. City construction noises, loud trash trucks, traffic, public transportation and many other things all contribute to create high levels of noise in the city. Not surprisingly then, Albuquerque residents are much more likely to experience hearing loss than other New Mexico residents are. That alone isnt likely to cause many residents to move out of the city and it shouldnt, but Albuwuerque residents need to be aware of how the high decibel levels they experience on a daily basis may eventually lead to hearing problems. Additionally, many residents are likely already experiencing those problems, and its important for them to address that issue so they can enjoy life more and live more safely.
Albuwuerque residents need to undergo a hearing test if they often ask for people to repeat themselves, turn their TV or music up really loud, or have spent their entire lives working in a loud environment (like industrial or construction workers). Chances are high that those groups of people are already experiencing problems with their abilities to hear. Many New Mexico residents may be worried about how expensive one of these tests might cost, but in reality, people can often find these tests being administered for free and the cost of living with a poor quality of life if they avoid a test is much higher. By taking one of these quick and painless tests, people can find out if they are experiencing any problems with their ears and what kind of hearing solutions they might be able to utilize. Struggling with ones ability to hear is not only a quality of life issue. Yes, it is disappointing and bothersome if you frequently miss out on different things that people say, but more importantly, it can be quite dangerous if you dont hear big warning noises. Humans have the ability to hear in large part because it protects them from various dangers, and having that ability can be quite vital when you live in a big city like Albuquerque.
Sometimes people avoid getting the tests they need because they subconsciously worry that if someone formally recognizes the health problems they have, then those health problems are more real. Avoiding a diagnosis, however, doesnt mean that those health problems dont exist, it simply means that people are avoiding getting the solutions that could increase their quality of life. Its true that the best solution for hearing loss is often a hearing aid, but thats nothing to be afraid of. These days, many technological advances have greatly changed the way modern day aids look, feel and work. Todays hearing aids are much better than those of the past so they work better, they last longer, they are more comfortable and they arent as noticeable. Many Albuquerque residents wont want to get an aid because of their preconceived notions of what an aid looks like and because of their fear of what other people will think. By getting beyond those mental limitations, however, residents can begin to enjoy their lives more fully.