The Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
It takes an average of five to seven years for people with hearing loss to seek help with their hearing loss. That's seven years of misinterpretations, confusion, and asking others to repeat themselves.
The most common treatment for hearing loss is the use of hearing aids. You can benefit from hearing aids in many ways. Let's take a look at the top 10 benefits of treating hearing loss.
From acquaintances and colleagues to people close to you, hearing aids enable you to communicate with others in your life. Whether you are talking with co-workers, the clerk at the local store or with your loved one, all conversations are important.
Improved cognitive health.
Studies have shown that while untreated hearing loss speeds up cognitive decline, treating cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia significantly slow the progression. The faster the treatment of hearing loss, the better it is when it comes to the brain.
Our ears play a large role in keeping us safe, from warning us to a car coming down the road to letting us know that the oven timer has gone off. Hearing aids have been shown to boost personal safety both at home and outdoors, and to reduce the risk of falls.
Studies show that more often than those with untreated loss, people who treat their hearing loss explore further away from their homes. This is particularly true for older adults, who may have certain mobility restrictions, such as joint pain. Something as fundamental as the ability to move about freely shouldn't be forfeited due to a hearing loss.
Hear the sounds around you.
The reduced acoustic environment resulting from impaired hearing means people are missing noises like birds chirping, rain falling on the roof, or wind rustling. Those sounds allow us to interact with and enjoy the world around us, and without them, life may seem very quiet.
Re-engage with leisure pursuits.
Persons with untreated hearing loss, particularly severe hearing loss, tend to retreat from their once-loved social events, activities, and hobbies. Hearing aids help make life enjoyable again by helping people get back into the pursuits that they love.
Better mental well-being.
The psychological side effects of untreated loss of hearing are well established: increased stress, anxiety, and loneliness, often contributing to severe depression. By re-establishing the connections between loved ones, hearing aids can help restore mental well-being.
Closer to loved ones.
It can be lonely to be the loved one of someone who has untreated hearing loss. The hearing partner often bears the responsibility of helping the hard-of-hearing partner understand what they are being told, while not being able to connect and enjoy life with the person they love the most. Treating hearing loss in a marriage will help restore communication, the most important aspect to any relationship.
Relief from tinnitus.
Hearing loss is closely linked with Tinnitus, a clicking or ringing in one or both ears. Hearing loss treatment can reduce discomfort of this condition, and many hearing aids are fitted with advanced tinnitus treatment programs if further relief is required.
Improved work performance.
Those with hearing loss may easily misunderstand what is said when at work. It can seem like they are ignoring the demand of a boss or client which contributes to poor performance at work. In your workplace it is vital to be able to hear colleagues, managers and background sounds, not only to perform well but to keep you and those around you safe.
Myths of hearing loss treatment
Most people find it difficult to buy a hearing aid and use a number of excuses to justify it. One outdated view that hearing aids are a sign of old age or weakness. It is sad, but vanity can often stop a person from getting the help they need.
Others believe that hearing aids are big and bulky. The idea is outdated and derives from a time when hearing aids used old analog technology. In contrast, hearing aids today are discreet and include some of the latest technology.
Others are concerned about having their condition on display by wearing a hearing aid, but what many people with hearing loss do not realize is that saying "what?" several times in a conversation makes your hearing loss much more visible than wearing hearing aids ever would. And as mentioned, many hearing devices are discreet, making it less likely that anyone will even notice that you are wearing one.