Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hearing Aids and Safety

Safety light on top of ambulance.

It’s well known that hearing aids promote a better quality of life. Not only do they help with communication, they ease social awkwardness, inspire interaction, and contribute to physical health throughout the body. There is another, lesser known, benefit to using hearing aids—the increased safety that comes from awareness of one’s environment.

When Shannon’s grandmother reached her mid-seventies, she began to become hard of hearing. The family tried to compensate—not knowing this is a detriment for those experiencing hearing loss. They spoke louder, repeated themselves, and thus continued to allow her the support system that made it possible for her to deny her need hearing loss. Though Shannon and other members of the family tried to point out to “Gram” the need for hearing aids, she, as Shannon puts it, "stubbornly refused…to get any sort of hearing aids claiming she didn’t need it.”

The routine of speaking louder continued until, “It got to the point where having conversations ended in yelling replies to her so she could hear, only to have her reprimand us for yelling in the house!”

Finally, her grandmother realized that she could no longer ignore her need to see an audiologist. She went to her doctor and discussed her hearing health options. She received her new hearing aids, had them fitted, and returned home to a more engaged lifestyle.

Three weeks later, her grandmother was home alone cooking dinner. She put her food to simmer and went to sit down in the living room. As Shannon tells us, “She ended up dozing off.”

While her gram slept, her dinner burned then caught fire. The fire alarm started blaring, and thanks to her new hearing aids, the noise startled her awake. Gram acted quickly, finding the fire extinguisher and putting out the flames. The fire department was also called, and no lasting damage was sustained. Shannon tells us, “I am so thankful she was able to overcome her misconceptions about hearing aid's in time, because I firmly believe it saved her life.”

We’re thankful too, Shannon, and grateful to you for sharing your gram’s story with us. It's been shown that hearing aids improve memory, income, and overall happiness, and now there's another reason to restore hearing health. Hearing aids can help make people aware of their environment. Not just with fire alarms—which can and should be connected to the local fire station—for those with hearing loss, but with awareness of traffic and other warning signals during the day.

It’s important for you or loved ones to take care of hearing health, not just to engage with family, friends, and community, but to have that extra layer of safety in an increasingly busy and crowded world.

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