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Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Kim Greive

Kim Greive

Millions of Americans have untreated hearing loss that affects their personal and professional lives. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s often experience hearing loss when their hearing is damaged by loud noise on the jobsite, at the bar, or at a loud concert. Sadly, most people will wait years or even decades before they treat their hearing loss!

Hearing Loss Makes It Hard to Be Social

Hearing loss has a profound effect on your life. You may not notice it at first, but hearing loss can strip the color from your life. Hearing loss makes it hard to have conversations with your friends and loved ones. You have to ask people to repeat themselves, and you still have a hard time understanding what’s being said. Communication is even more challenging in places with a lot of background noise, like a restaurant or coffee shop. 

You may feel embarrassed that you can’t follow conversations, and feel uncomfortable asking your friends to repeat themselves. Many adults with hearing loss stop attending social gatherings, finding themselves more isolated and alone. Living with hearing loss can cause stress, anxiety, and even depression.

Untreated Hearing Loss Risks Your Safety 

If you have hearing loss, you start missing a lot of the sounds around you. Try to remember the last time you heard birds chirping, or could hear clearly on the phone. Hearing loss can put your safety at risk at home and on the job. You rely on your hearing to localize sounds around you, and keep a clear picture of your environment. Hearing loss makes it harder to hear the warning beep from some heavy machinery, or causes you to miss a warning shout from a friend.

Hearing loss can also risk your safety on the road. We use all our senses to drive safely. If you’re not hearing clearly, you may not hear a child shouting as their ball rolls onto the road, or hear the emergency sirens coming from a side street.

Hearing Loss and Your Brain

Living with untreated hearing loss even affects your brain health! When you can’t hear clearly, your brain doesn’t get a clear picture of what’s happening around you. Your brain has to work overtime to help you understand conversations, identify sounds, and keep you safe. All the extra work puts a strain on your brain as you struggle to keep up. If you have untreated hearing loss, you’ll probably notice that by the end of the day you feel completely exhausted, even if you didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. 

As your brain works hard to make up for your hearing loss, you’ll have a difficult time focusing on tasks, noticing things in your environment, and creating and accessing memories. People living with untreated hearing loss often experience more rapid cognitive decline, struggle with mental tasks, and have a higher risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 

Investing in Your Health by Treating Hearing Loss

Are you ready to do the right thing for your health? Treating your hearing loss isn’t just about hearing better, it’s about investing in your overall health and wellbeing. When you treat your hearing loss, you’ll effortlessly hear the sounds around you. You can enjoy conversations with your loved ones, even in a noisy place. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids will help you be more social and enjoy life without isolation or depression.

Investing in your hearing health will also keep you safe. Hearing aids help you hear all the sounds in your environment, giving you a clear picture of what’s around you. You’ll be able to avoid dangers in your environment to keep yourself safe.

Hearing aids are also good for your brain health. When you’re able to hear clearly, your brain doesn’t need to use extra energy just straining to hear. You’ll be able to have conversations, keep track of your surroundings, and enjoy your favorite activities without putting a strain on your brain.

Are you ready to invest in your health? Start by contacting us to learn more about services that benefit your hearing health. Find out how treating hearing loss is the best thing you can do for your overall health and well being!