For anyone suffering from hearing impairment, the message is straightforward: Get a hearing aid.
Why? A recent study revealed that people who got hearing aids within three years of being diagnosed with hearing loss were less likely to experience dementia, depression, anxiety, and dangerous falls than people who didn’t get hearing aids. While these health concerns aren’t proven to be prevented by hearing aids, fewer health issues have been linked to their use. The study reveals that seniors who use hearing aids had a 13% less likely chance of having a hazardous fall. They also had an 18% less likely chance of developing dementia and an 11% less likelihood of developing depression and anxiety.
Avoid Making Excuses
It’s worthwhile to keep in mind that when it comes to your health, these numbers might seem low but they’re still significant. Prior studies have revealed a connection between hearing loss and other serious health problems, but this study proved it’s an ongoing, worsening issue. But many people who have hearing loss don’t have it treated or ever use hearing aids. Why not? Not having the appropriate insurance to cover some of the costs is a typical issue. And the cost might still seem too high even with insurance.
Some people actually go in and get fitted but when they bring their hearing aid home, it seems like too much trouble to wear them, so they don’t. Many people don’t view hearing impairment as an important concern because they can turn up the TV volume to solve the problem.
Louder volume on the TV won’t solve the issue, though, and while hearing loss may seem to be an inevitable part of growing older, there is far more to it.
The Value of Healthy Hearing
Clearly, a primary aspect of communication is the ability to hear. Without the ability to communicate precisely, you may not comprehend questions asked by your physicians or family. Consequently, communicating your symptoms and concerns will be challenging.
There are also some less apparent issues connected with inadequate communication. If trying to have phone conversations leaves you feeling embarrassed and frustrated, you may start to lose touch with people in your support system. And obviously, your chance of developing dementia is higher if your brain doesn’t receive enough stimulus which occurs when you are unable to hear.
Hearing Aid Benefits
Buying a hearing aid isn’t all about serious, long-term worries. Your long term outlook will certainly improve but hearing aids will instantly enhance your quality of life. If you can hear and participate in conversations, it lowers your chances of feeling isolated and lets you partake more completely in your social life. When you can communicate intelligibly with your doctor, you can accurately share the health problems you are experiencing and understand your doctor’s treatment plan to reduce your anxiety further.
Should I get hearing aids? The answer is yes if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Turning the volume of the TV way up
- Frequently needing people to repeat what they said
- Trouble hearing the person you are speaking to if there is background sound
- Keeping away from social situations for fear you can’t follow conversations
These and perhaps other symptoms could be an indication that it’s time to consider getting a hearing aid. If any of them sound familiar, ask us if a hearing aid might be right for you.