There’s a very simple message for anyone struggling with hearing loss: Use hearing aids.
Why? A recent study found that people were not as likely to develop health issues such as depression, anxiety, dementia, and dangerous falls if they began wearing hearing aids within three years of being diagnosed with hearing loss. While these health concerns aren’t proven to be prevented by hearing aids, fewer health problems have been linked to their use. Results from the study showed that hearing aid users were 18% less likely to develop dementia, 11% less likely to develop depression or anxiety, and 13% less likely to suffer a dangerous fall.
Avoid Making Excuses
It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to your health, these numbers may seem low but they’re still considerable. Previous studies have shown a link between hearing loss and other significant health problems, but this study proved it’s an ongoing, declining issue. It’s important to remember that many individuals diagnosed with hearing loss don’t bother getting hearing aids. Why not? For many, the absence of insurance coverage is an issue. And the expense may still be too high even for those who have insurance.
Some individuals actually go in and get fitted but when they get their hearing aid home, it seems like too much hassle to wear them, so they don’t. Most individuals just turn up the volume to solve the problem and don’t think about hearing loss as much of a problem.
Louder volume on the TV won’t solve the issue, however, and while hearing loss might seem to be an unavoidable part of getting older, there is much more to it.
Healthy Hearing is Important
Clearly, a major element of communication is the ability to hear. Without the ability to communicate correctly, you might not understand questions asked by your doctors or family. As a result, you might not be able to convey your concerns and symptoms.
Other concerns associated with a lack of effective communication are less obvious. If attempting to have phone conversations leaves you feeling embarrassed and frustrated, you might start to lose touch with individuals in your support system. Not being able to hear might even lead to less brain stimulation, and we all recognize that exercising your mind can help combat dementia.
Hearing Aid Benefits
Getting a hearing aid isn’t only about serious, long-term worries. Wearing a hearing aid will immediately improve your quality of life, as well as your long-term wellbeing. If you can hear and engage in conversations, it minimizes your chances of feeling isolated and allows you to partake more fully in your social life. You will minimize your anxiety even further when you are capable of accurately communicating your health concerns with your physician and comprehending his advice for treatment.
Should I get hearing aids? If you are dealing with any of the following symptoms, the answer is yes:
- Background noise makes it difficult to hear when somebody is speaking to you
- Avoiding social interaction for fear you can’t follow conversations
- Turning the volume of the TV up very high
- Constantly needing people to repeat what they said
These are only a few of the symptoms that could indicate you should consider a hearing aid. If any of them sound familiar, ask us if a hearing aid may be the right choice for you.