Hearing Health Blog

Woman at the window looking out and feeling isolated from untreated hearing loss.

The chances of having to deal with hearing loss increase as we grow older. Millions are managing some degree of hearing loss. But often, seven or more years go by after the first symptoms appear before people get help.

Many older adult’s social life is negatively effected by ignored hearing loss. Warning signs include frequently asking people around you to repeat what they said more slowly and loudly, as well as retreating from social circumstances because they find it difficult to communicate effectively.

Obviously, hearing is essential. We’re strengthened by our ability to hear. Our hearing allows us to communicate with our loved ones, get out with our friends, and go to your job. It also keeps us safe and in tune with the outside world. Our hearing even helps us relax. Regrettably, we often take it for granted that we’ll always have strong hearing.

So when your hearing declines, and if you’re like most individuals, it will, you’ll feel it emotionally and physically. It has an effect on your general quality of life. Isolation is also a big risk with hearing loss

This is why recognizing early warning signs and seeking help to find potential treatment solutions is critical. The good news is, most forms of hearing loss are treatable. If you’re experiencing hearing loss and are distressed about missing crucial conversations, you should consult with a hearing professional in your area immediately. Doing so will help you figure out if your type and level of hearing loss can be effectively managed with hearing aids.

Studies show that wearing a hearing aid can, for those suffering from age-related hearing loss, help decrease the chances of social isolation by making communication in social situations easier. Hearing aids make it easier for older adults to carry on their regular activities and socially interact with friends, family members, and the other individuals with whom they communicate each day.

Based on research conducted at Johns Hopkins University, hearing loss has been linked to many health issues from mental sharpness, memory loss, depression, as well as a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Treating hearing conditions helps to avoid these health issues.

Personal relationships, particularly with friends and family, rely heavily on communication. Frustration and miscommunication between friends and family are often the result of loss of hearing.

Hearing loss also presents safety concerns. There are important warning sounds that occur in your life like alarms, horns, sirens, and the sound of traffic approaching which you need to be able to hear. Hearing aids will help keep you safer by letting you hear these sounds.

Hearing loss can have an adverse effect on your earning. If you are dealing with hearing loss and are a member of the labor force, it can create frustration, overlooked details, and inevitably lower your ability to earn. The use of hearing aids can help.

It’s important that the person with hearing impairment take the first step and schedule a hearing test, but family members can also be really helpful. If hearing loss is an issue for you, it’s time to go back to hearing all of those relevant sounds in your life by getting a hearing exam and committing to treatment (like wearing your hearing aid every day). Ultimately, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. With assistance from family members, hearing professionals, and hearing aids, you can avoid feelings of separation and once again socialize with your cherished friends and family members.

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