Treating hearing loss has countless benefits that improve your health and quality of life. Being able to hear and communicate more effectively enhances social life, relationships, and job performance. It also reduces the risk of developing other medical conditions associated with hearing loss. Major benefits of addressing hearing impairment include:
Treating hearing loss alleviates the symptoms that strain communication: tinnitus (buzzing or ringing like noise in the ears), slurring or muffling of sound, difficulty hearing in environments with background noise, asking others to speak loudly or repeat themselves etc. These symptoms, which can be experienced mildly to severely, make conversations difficult for people with hearing loss; impacting daily life. Hearing loss is most commonly treated with hearing aids which are electronic devices that are designed to absorb, amplify, and process sound. This substantially increases hearing ability, allowing people to navigate conversations with greater ease and participation. Improved communication strengthens all aspects of life: relationships, job performance, social activities etc.
Enriched Social Life
One of the major effects of hearing loss is social withdrawal. The constant experience of various symptoms that reduce hearing capacity can make conversations difficult to navigate. This can cause people to avoid conversations altogether, skipping out on social gatherings and activities. Social withdrawal results in spending less time with family and friends which can also impact relationships. Addressing hearing loss tackles this issue by maximizing hearing in the various environments a person navigates. Being able to hear more clearly allows people to fully engage in conversations and activities. Being able to be fully present and participate encourages social engagement. People can spend quality time with others, uninterrupted by hearing loss symptoms!
Improved hearing and communication also strengthen relationships. Effective communication is critical for sustaining healthy relationships. Being able to share the intimacy of conversations, easily express yourself, and hear others nurtures the longevity of relationships. Additionally, an enriched social life also means spending more time with others, rather than self-isolating which is common with untreated hearing loss.
Better Overall Health
Untreated hearing loss often impacts physical and mental health. Extensive research has established a link between hearing loss and several conditions including
- Cognitive decline: hearing loss can substantially increase the risk of cognitive decline, contributing to an acceleration of dementia.
- Depression: a 2015 study found that depression was more than twice as likely among people who had hearing loss.
- Accidental injuries: a 2012 study which found that people with mild hearing loss were 3 times more likely to have a history of falling.
Treating hearing loss reduces the risk of experiencing these health concerns. Also, wearing hearing aids (the most common treatment for hearing loss) improves cognitive function by restoring auditory pathways and parts of the brain responsible for processing sound. This is a helpful preventative measure for cognitive issues.
Improved Job Performance
Managing professional responsibilities can also become difficult with untreated hearing loss. Communicating with people on a daily basis is challenging, increasing the likelihood of miscommunication and/or not hearing critical details. Also, everyday work-related activities can be overwhelming: participating in meetings, talking on the phone, sitting through training etc. This has a significant effect on a person’s ability to manage and complete tasks successfully. A 2016 study found that people with hearing loss were twice as likely to be unemployed or underemployed. As previously described, treating hearing loss maximizes hearing and improves communication. This is incredibly helpful in the workplace, supporting people with effectively carrying out their work responsibilities.
Treating Hearing Loss
Treating hearing loss can drastically improve your life and taking the first steps are relatively simple! You can commit to prioritizing your hearing health by scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. Conducted by a member of our team, hearing tests involve a painless process that measures hearing ability in both ears. This identifies any impairment, the degree, and specific type of hearing loss that you may be experiencing.
Fortunately, there are useful ways that impaired hearing is treated. The most common treatment is hearing aids which are electronic devices that are designed to amplify and process sound, increasing one’s ability to hear in the various environments you move through. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!