Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

Hearing Aid Benefits

Couple outside jumping for joy at the benefits of a hearing aid..

There is a myth around hearing loss that suggests treating it is not necessary to live a fully engaged life. This isn’t true. The benefits of a hearing aid are well documented and not surprisingly, as found by the Hearing is Living study, people fitted with a hearing aid report an increased sense of happiness, improved relationships, and overall wellbeing. What is surprising is that people often wait a long time before correcting something that benefits their health and relationships.

Often the stigma of wearing hearing aids can keep people from using a tool that would greatly enhance their lives, as was the case with the father of one of our People Hearing Better community.

My father (a college professor for 40 years and a minister for over 25) started to lose his hearing about 10 years ago - it had gotten to a point where it was apparent he wasn't just "tuning out" my mother's voice. He finally got over his vanity and gave into his doctor's repeated requests to get a hearing test.

A return of hearing can make even every day things seem new again.

Just days after he was fitted with his first pair of hearing aids, we found him sitting in his office looking very perplexed. When asked what was the matter, he simply replied that he wasn't able to work because he was distracted by a noise. It wasn't a constant noise, because when he stopped writing his Sunday sermon to try to figure out the noise - it disappeared.

Studies also show people with hearing aids lead more independent and active lives.

After about 15 minutes of questions, answers and trying all sorts of things, we finally stumbled on the answer -- he was hearing the rustling of paper as he turned the pages of his notebook. His face just lit up like a little child discovering something new. From that day on, he has delighted in rain on the windowpanes, my daughter's laughter (and her un-ladylike burps), birds singing, and even telephone solicitors - at least long enough to say "no thank you". At 65 he had rediscovered sounds he probably hadn't heard in 10 years or more!

People Hearing Better truly appreciates members of our community sharing their personal stories. There are many valid reasons for correcting hearing loss, but none are more important than the most devastating costs of untreated hearing loss--isolation from important relationships.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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