Your sense of hearing is always on, connecting you to the world around you and ensuring that you are aware of your surroundings. From the moment you lie down to sleep to the sounding of your alarm clock, your sense of hearing is alert.
Because hearing is invisible, we may not notice right away that our hearing abilities are changing. Have you ever been in a situation where your loved one has asked you to turn the volume down on the TV or radio? Maybe you’ve been in a busy restaurant and it’s difficult to make out various speakers’ voices in a conversation.
These things may not strike us as problematic at first, and over time, we learn to adjust. However, it is important to recognize the signs of hearing loss as they arise. The sooner we recognize the development of hearing loss, the sooner we can treat it. When it comes to treating hearing loss, there are many benefits – especially if you treat it early on.
Social & Emotional Benefits to Treating Hearing Loss
Some of the most devastating effects of untreated hearing loss occur almost without immediate notice. Hearing loss interferes with our ability to recognize speech; many people who experience hearing loss report that while they can hear, it is difficult to understand. As most of us know, communication is an important foundation of any healthy relationship.
With untreated hearing loss, communication becomes more difficult. You may ask people to repeat themselves, or you may misunderstand what is being said. Over time, you may find yourself withdrawing from your important relationships and avoid social settings.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to isolation and social withdrawal, which goes hand in hand with increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. In the workplace, difficulty with communication could lead to poor productivity and concentration. Studies have shown that workers with untreated hearing loss tend to have lower earning power than colleagues with normal hearing or hearing aids.
In treating hearing loss, you will preserve your important relationships, whether at home or on the job. Hearing aids offer sophisticated features to help improve speech – including the ability to link up your hearing aid to smartphones to stream phone calls!
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Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the US, after heart disease and diabetes. As a medical condition, hearing loss has a long list of comorbidities (other conditions related to a primary medical condition).
Most of the auditory process happens in your brain. Your ears function as a means to pick up and amplify sound, but it is your brain that processes and assigns meaning to sound. With untreated hearing loss, sound signals are muddled along this process. By the time they make it to the auditory center of your brain, the sounds may be difficult to recognize. This creates a heavier cognitive load for your brain, as it attempts to make sense of the sounds you are picking up.
This cognitive load has been linked to a potential increased risk for dementia. Studies from Johns Hopkins University have revealed that people with untreated hearing loss may have a higher risk for dementia. At the same time, they found that people who treated hearing loss with the use of hearing aids experienced significant reduction in cognitive load, leaving your brain with more energy to go about your daily activities.
Hearing is also an important factor in your personal safety. Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss tended to experience a higher rate of accidents and falls, as well as a higher rate of hospitalization. By treating hearing loss with the use of hearing aids, you will ensure your safety by staying connected to the sounds and alarms and alert systems in your life.
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It is estimated that people wait seven years from the time they first experience changes in their hearing until the time they decide to seek treatment. During this time, your hearing abilities and cognitive function could experience many adverse consequences.
To ensure that you continue to hear and function well in your daily life, it is important to schedule a hearing test as soon as you notice changes. Sometimes we may not notice our own abilities changing, and a loved one will bring it up. Heed these calls! A hearing test is painless and simple, and there are ample benefits to treating your hearing loss.
To schedule a hearing test, contact us at Preferred Hearing Centers today!
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