There are many reasons people choose to put off either getting hearing aids or taking the initial steps to find out about their hearing capabilities, or lack thereof. Because of factors, such as intimidation and/or apprehension toward the hearing loss process, denial, financial concern, etc., many people avoid seeking hearing healthcare assistance for a very long time. In fact, the average time a person waits to seek hearing help is approximately 7 years.
Hearing loss gets worse gradually over time. By allowing yourself to live with untreated hearing loss, you are working against yourself in the long run. Hearing aids are available to help work with the hearing capabilities your have left. Hearing aids cannot replace the hearing functionality you have lost. What hearing aids can do is work with the hearing you have left to enhance your ability to function daily without strain or on-going confusion.
So, if we claim hearing aids improve your quality of life, how do they achieve this? Yes, your hearing will be improved, but drilling down to your everyday life what does wearing hearing aids really do for you? Here are 3 important ways wearing hearing aids will make your life better:
Hearing Aids: What You’ve Been Missing
Our human bodies work and absorb information through our five senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste). When one of our primary senses is lacking and working inefficiently, the others work twice as hard when they can. Some get used more than others. In terms of hearing loss, your eyes (and brain) are constantly working in overdrive to make up for your lack of hearing abilities. This impacts your life in the grocery store, post office, public areas, at the mall and so many more places. Wouldn’t it be nice to understand what the cashier is saying at your local food mart, or even hear the price of your services at the hair salon or barber shop? Hearing aids help to improve filtering background noise, while offering you independence to be present in a plethora of moments in life.
Everyone Deserves to Feel Confident, Hearing Aids Can Help!
Knowing that you have a hearing loss can work double time on lowering your self-esteem and making you feel less confident than ever. When you know you can’t hear as well as you used to, you get tired of trying to constantly understand what is happening around you. Not just your eyes are working overtime, so is your brain. In the end, you experience feelings of loneliness, exhaustion, isolation and even depression.
A study published by American Journal of Audiology found that hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss. According to study researcher, Dr. Jamie Desjardins, Assistant Professor of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Texas at El Paso, “Hearing loss can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much brain effort is put toward understanding speech. Therefore, hearing aids can not only improve one’s ability to hear, but also restore lost brain function.” Learn More. Hearing aids can help keep your brain healthy, which can increase your confidence and help keep you active as you age.
Improve Your Total Body Health with Hearing Aids
Around the world today there are approximately 720 million people living with untreated hearing loss, a problem that becomes increasingly common and more severe with age. Statistics show that hearing loss in this country happens near the age of 12 and increases from there. More than half of people in their 70s and more than 80 percent of people in their 80s have mild to moderate hearing loss or worse, this according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
According to Jennifer A. Deal, an Epidemiologist and Gerontologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “hearing loss itself is not very expensive, the effect of hearing loss on everything else IS expensive.” So, if you think you are saving money by not purchasing hearing aids, think again. Hearing loss has an impact on many parts of the body. In addition to hearing loss being frustrating to the person living with untreated hearing loss, recent research links walking and balancing problems, falls and even Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to untreated hearing loss.
Rhode Island Hearing Loss Help
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, all of our hearing healthcare professionals are fully licensed and trained in providing each patient with the best hearing healthcare options available. We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer Free Hearing Screenings so please don’t wait, call today, (401) 921-0181 Warwick, Rhode Island office, (401) 435-5355 East Providence, Rhode Island office.
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