Living with hearing impairment can be extremely challenging, in a number of ways, but studies show that it takes an average of ten years for a person to address their hearing difficulties and pursue treatment options such as hearing aids. Many people are limited by their income and others may be put off by the idea of wearing an assistive hearing device, but as untreated hearing loss worsens over time and can lead to increased isolation and depression, the costs of neglecting this condition may be far greater than investing in an aid. Why are hearing aids important to one’s general health and well-being?[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]The Social and Emotional Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss[/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]Hearing is essential for us to be able to participate in our lives more fully, and enables us to socialize, work, interact, communicate and even relax. Without the ability to effectively hear and understand others, a person’s relationships, general happiness and well-being may suffer.
Hearing aids can help to restore one’s confidence in public and social settings by improving the ability to communicate without misunderstandings and to keep up with the subtle (but vital) nuances of conversation.
On a personal level, seeking hearing loss treatment can have a positive effect not just on the hearing aid wearer, but also on their loved ones, who will once again be able to be understood clearly.
Workplace relationships equally depend on clear communication, and wearing an assistive hearing device can help to improve one’s chances of career success and avoid unnecessary stress in the workplace.
Assistive hearing devices also allow people to relax and reconnect with the leisure activities that are important to them, whether they be individual—such as watching a film or listening to a favorite album at home, or social—such as attending a dinner party, concert, art opening, or other cultural event.
Finally, hearing aids are important to personal safety, as our hearing warns us of potential danger or alerts us to someone else’s distress.
[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Hearing Loss and Brain Health[/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]Hearing is done not only by the ears, but also by the brain, which is capable of receiving and processing a vast number of audial signals simultaneously. As such, the act of hearing is one of the vital ways that the brain stays active and healthy throughout the course of one’s lifetime. In those individuals, especially older adults, with serious hearing loss, the reduced level of audial signals and stimulation to the brain can lead to atrophy of certain structures over time. Studies have shown that this cause-and-effect of under-stimulation and atrophy can increase the risk of dementia, cognitive decline, and worsening mental health. Wearing a hearing aid can potentially reduce these risks, as lost sound signals are re-established and certain areas of the brain begin to be stimulated again. Treating hearing loss also offers the significant mental health benefit of helping one to remain socially active and engaged, a factor shown to reduce the overall risk of cognitive decline.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Hearing Loss and Tinnitus[/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]Another notable medical benefit of wearing an aid is a reduction of the symptoms of tinnitus, a common condition often associated with hearing loss, in which an individual hears buzzing or ringing in one or both ears. The loudness and prominence of tinnitus is reduced by the hearing aid’s ability to activate the auditory system, restore lost sound frequencies, and amplify background sound or provide soothing sounds to gently mask tinnitus symptoms.
For those looking for hearing solutions, we offer high-quality hearing aids in Orlando and Winter Springs.