All too often, as we age, we put off giving healthcare problems our full attention. Maybe we feel like “it’ll just go away” or maybe we don’t want to admit there could be something wrong. Whatever the reason, it’s time to take charge of our own health. Why is now any different? Because we know more! We now know that ignoring signs of hearing loss can have huge implications on brain function.
Hearing Loss & Health Issues
We’ve discussed recent studies by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine have shown a connection between untreated hearing loss and dementia. These studies further show older adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia when compared to older adults with normal hearing.
We also know hearing loss is a common problem caused by one, or a combination of, noise, aging, disease, and heredity. Seeking help for untreated hearing loss can become confusing for a person with hearing loss. This is because people living with hearing loss generally have difficulty participating in complete conversations with friends, family and even physicians. This becomes cause for concern with cognitive decline, but also in terms of a person’s general safety. Responding to warnings, doorbells and alarms can become challenging and dangerous when missed.
Older people suffering from untreated hearing loss also become susceptible to depression, balance problems and additional health issues that may arise in connection to untreated hearing loss. It happens all too often that older people with untreated hearing loss are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative because they don’t hear well. In fact, processing sounds can become so challenging for people living with untreated hearing loss that processing a conversation can feel impossible, however there are quality hearing solutions!
If you know someone struggling with hearing loss, it’s important to remember that untreated hearing loss will not just resolve itself. It doesn’t get better without help.
Hearing Loss Facts
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.” Questioning your hearing abilities?
Hearing Loss Help
Hearing loss treatment depends of the type of hearing loss you have. Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss as a result from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. The damage can occur as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicines.
Your hearing loss treatment will depend on what kind of hearing loss you have. Hearing aids are the most commonly used type of hearing device to help you get your hearing back. And boy have they come a long way!
Rhode Island Hearing Aids
From invisible hearing aids to general hearing aids and hearing accessories, Physicians Hearing Solutions is the place for you! Our specialized hearing healthcare practice is committed to working with each patient individually to bring the most effective and affordable care to each patient by improving their quality of life through better hearing.
Physicians Hearing Solutions, located in Warwick, RI and East Providence, RI, provide hearing healthcare patients with a large selection of different types of hearing aids, ensuring we find the right solution for you, including features such as:
- Bluetooth compatibility with a full range of wireless possibilities
- Speech pattern detection and noise reduction
- Wind noise suppression
- Automatic voice control
- Anti-feedback control
- Open-fit technology for a more natural sound, and so much more.
From the Lyric to Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) hearing aids and everything in between, Physicians Hearing Solutions walks you through the hearing process step-by-step to make sure we work with your exact hearing loss needs and lifestyle. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE Hearing screening (401) 921-0181.