The Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
When it comes to hearing loss, there is very little argument for not treating it.
Being the loved one of a person with untreated hearing loss can be a lonely thing. Often the hearing partner bears the burden of helping the hard-of-hearing partner understand what is being said to them, while suffering the loneliness of not being able to communicate and enjoy activities with the person they love most. Treating hearing loss can help to repair the bonds in a relationship, and restore those all-important channels of communication.
The most obvious, and perhaps most important benefit of hearing aids is they enable you to connect with the people in your life, from acquaintances and coworkers to those closest to you. Whether it is mingling at work, dinner party stories, or deep late-night talks with a loved one, all conversations are essential to making us feel connected and part of life.
Our ears keep us safe in a number of ways, from alerting us to a car coming around a corner to letting us know that the oven timer is beeping. Hearing aids have been proven to increase personal safety both at home and out in the world. Improved hearing can even reduce the risk of falls and other accidents.
Improved Cognitive Health
Research shows that untreated hearing loss accelerates cognitive decline. Treating hearing loss can actually delay the onset of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. When it comes to hearing loss and the brain, the earlier you start to get treatment, the better.
A Diverse Soundscape
The diminished auditory background that results from damaged hearing means that people miss out on sounds like the chirping of birds, rain falling on the roof or the rustling of the wind. These sounds–even the buzzing of a fridge–help us to connect with and enjoy the world around us, and without them, life can seem eerily isolating. Treating hearing loss is not just about conversations; the soundtrack playing in the background is also essential to our quality of life.
Studies show that people who actively treat their hearing loss venture farther away from their homes more frequently than those with untreated loss. This is especially true for older people, who may have other limitations to their mobility such as joint pain. Mobility is crucial–not only in terms of staying fit, but also in regard to overall quality of life.
Tinnitus, a buzzing or ringing heard in one or both ears, is strongly associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus often appears in cases of hearing loss, and treating hearing loss itself can reduce the annoyance of this troublesome condition. Many hearing aids are equipped with advanced tinnitus treatment programs.
Psychological Well Being
The psychological side effects of untreated hearing loss are well known: increased stress, anxiety and isolation, sometimes leading to serious depression. Being able to hear and communicate again can restore mental well being and has been shown to increase contentment and happiness.
Enjoy Activities to the Fullest
People with untreated hearing loss; especially when the loss is severe, tend to withdraw from the social events, sports, and hobbies they once loved. The sooner you treat your hearing the sooner you can start engaging in life to its fullest again. Hearing aids make it possible to re-engage with those activities that make life fun and help to define a person.
Better Performance at Work
Treating your hearing loss can improve your earning power at work. It may appear as if you are ignoring a supervisor’s or customer’s request and may result in poor work performance. Being able to hear coworkers, managers, and background noises is essential in the workplace, not only for performing your job well, but also for keeping yourself and those around you safe. To stay competitive in the workforce, make sure your hearing is in the best shape possible.