There’s a very basic message for anyone suffering from hearing loss: Use hearing aids.
Why? A recent study found that people were not as likely to develop health problems such as depression, anxiety, dementia, and dangerous falls if they began wearing hearing aids within three years of being diagnosed with hearing loss. While this doesn’t prove hearing aids stop these health issues, their use is connected with fewer health problems. Results from the study showed that hearing aid users were 18% less likely to develop dementia, 11% less likely to develop depression or anxiety, and 13% less likely to suffer a dangerous fall.
Stop The Excuses
It’s worthwhile to keep in mind that regarding your health, these numbers may seem low but they’re still considerable. Prior research has demonstrated a connection between hearing loss and other serious health issues, but this study proved it’s an ongoing, declining problem. But many individuals who have hearing impairment don’t address it or ever use hearing aids. Why not? For many, the absence of insurance coverage is a problem. And the cost might still be too high even with insurance.
Others go through the motions, getting fitted for hearing aids and taking them home only to leave them in the case because wearing them seems like too much of a hassle. Most people just turn up the volume to solve the problem and don’t think about hearing loss as much of an issue.
Higher volume on the TV won’t solve the issue, however, and while hearing loss might seem to be an inevitable part of growing older, there is far more to it.
The Importance of Healthy Hearing
Clearly, a major aspect of communication is the ability to hear. Without the ability to communicate effectively, you may not understand questions posed by your doctors or family. As a result, you may not be able to convey your concerns and symptoms.
Other problems related to a lack of reliable communication are less obvious. When you struggle to hear and keep up with a conversation on the phone, you may lose touch with some of the people in your support system due to embarrassment and frustration. And obviously, your likelihood of developing dementia is higher if your brain doesn’t receive enough stimulus which occurs when you can’t hear.
The Advantages of Hearing Aids
Getting a hearing aid isn’t all about serious, long-term worries. Your long term outlook will certainly improve but hearing aids will immediately improve your quality of life. You will have a more gratifying social life and feel less isolated if you can hear and participate in conversations. You will decrease your anxiety even further when you are capable of precisely communicating your health concerns with your doctor and understanding his advice for treatment.
Is it time to look into a hearing aid? If you are dealing with any of the following symptoms, the answer is yes:
- Being so afraid you won’t be able to follow conversations, you avoid social situations
- Background sound makes it hard to hear when someone is talking to you
- Watching TV at very loud volume
- Asking others to repeat what they said frequently
These and potentially other symptoms might be an indication that it’s time to consider getting a hearing aid. Come see us to find out if a hearing aid is the right option for you, especially if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.