Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Truth About Hearing Loss

Man in tux learns the truth about hearing loss

In the not too distant past, hearing wasn't understood to be as important to whole body health as it is today. That means that a lot of people grew up neglecting this important sense instead of having routine visit for hearing as most do with eye care. Despite the recent studies that show how critical hearing well is to overall health, there are still a series of untruths that persist about the importance of treating hearing loss.

The myths that persist about hearing loss have injured people's health, as many ignore their hearing under the mistaken impression that it does not impact their overall health. Today, we know that hearing impacts your brain, coordination, relationships, and mood. In other words, hearing well is one of the most important things people can do to promote overall whole body health. Below are a list of reasons for not treating hearing loss that you or your loved one might recognize.

I don't need a hearing aid, because my hearing isn't THAT bad--The truth is that all levels of hearing loss needs to be treated. Many people with hearing loss have no idea how much of life and sound they miss until they are tested. Others mistakenly believe that “low” hearing loss doesn’t need to be treated. Not true. All hearing loss has an effect on the brain and mood if left untreated, even unilateral hearing loss.

"More than anything, hearing again has helped me defy my 70 years. I may not be young in years, but I feel young in spirit again." testimonial

My hearing aids bother me, and I don't really miss that much anyway--The truth is you're missing more than you think. Silence is less abrasive than sound, so people with hearing loss don't really realize all that they are missing. They withdraw into themselves and cut themselves off from others, thus the noises of the world and everyday sounds once returned through a hearing aid can seem overwhelming. A hard of hearing person, conditioned to hearing less, will sometimes give up on their new hearing aids when a few adjustments and some patience could’ve made all the difference. There are even a few simple rules that can help you adjust to hearing again.

"Hearing is the difference between feeling a part of life or feeling like an outsider. It’s that big of a deal." testimonial

I’m too old for hearing aids--The truth is that hearing aids make a difference at any age, but can have an even greater impact on people as they age. Keeping engaged with others is crucially important as people age. Check out Orville’s story. You’re never too old for a better, more engaged life. The interactions you have with your family are some of the most important moments in life. And they matter if you are 3 or 103.

"I cannot tell you how grateful I feel for the changes those hearing aides have made in my life. I can be a whole person, a sharing person. I am back in the world!” testimonial

Hearing doesn’t affect my overall health--The truth is hearing isn't just something that happens in your ears. It also happens in your brain and can have an impact on your whole body. Hearing loss has a whole body, physical, mental, and emotional impacts. Physically, hearing loss has been linked to unexpected falls; emotionally, it is connected with depression, isolation, lower self-esteem and higher anxiety; mentally with an increased likelihood of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Treating hearing loss has been shown to support a more positive, engaged, and active lifestyle and may ward off serious physical conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia. If you'd like to find out more about what hearing aids can do to help you, visit 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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