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- The Social, Cognitive, and Emotional Benefits of Good Hearing for Senior Americans - January 31, 2020
- A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss - January 29, 2020
- New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Hearing Tested - January 17, 2020
2020 is here and with the start of this New Year and new decade you may have made many resolutions. Perhaps you are planning to work on projects, long overdue, or planning on spending more time with friends and family. What ever your resolutions may be, it’s wise to make sure that your health is in order. One of the largest health concerns for people over 60 is hearing loss. Have you noticed that you’re missing important parts of conversations or hearing words incorrectly? Does your family tell you that the television is always too loud? You probably know that you could have hearing loss, but feel embarrassed. You might even get angry when friends and family tell you they think you should have your hearing checked. If this is you, this is a great moment to take the leap and find out once and for all if your have hearing loss.
Hearing Loss in the U.S
One in eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations. About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64. The truth is you may not even know you are living with hearing loss as it can creep up over the years. Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. A decrease in hearing sensitivity is associated with diminished cognitive function, poorer mental health, and social withdrawal.
Hearing aids can help
Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. There are just so many benefits to treating hearing loss and some of them don’t even have to do with hearing, directly, at all!
Increase your income
Believe it or not, but wearing hearing aids can actually increase your income. Seriously! According to research by the Better Hearing Institute, treating your hearing loss reduced drops in income between 77% and 90% depending on the severity of the hearing loss.
Increased cognitive function
Avoiding treating your hearing loss can actually damaging your brain. Numerous studies have shown a link between dementia and untreated hearing loss. The reduction in cognitive functioning happens because untreated hearing loss actually causes the part of your brain responsible for hearing to shrink.
A relief from tinnitus
Of the approximately 80% of people suffering from tinnitus also having hearing loss. While tinnitus doesn’t cause hearing loss, the perceived sound can be distracting and make it hard to concentrate on other sounds. Masking and Attentional Effects Hearing aids can augment the volume of external noise to the point that it covers the sound of tinnitus. This makes it more difficult to consciously perceive tinnitus
Improved well being
Hearing aids can actually improve your mental health and prevent depression. When you can’t follow conversations, especially when there’s a lot of background noise, you start to isolate yourself and to avoid activities and time with friends. Using hearing aids can help you keep up with those conversations again and get back into life
Untreated hearing loss damages relationships because it means you don’t hear what people are saying, and can even mishear their tone. It’s frustrating for you and your loved ones. But with hearing aids, you can hear what people are saying and accurately interpret their emotions. That means your communication is improved, thus having an improved affect on your most valued relationships.
Hearing Aids and independence
When you can’t hear your surroundings, you become nervous and unsure, even paranoid. You might not want to go out and do things for yourself like grocery shopping. That means you have to rely on others to help. When you start wearing hearing aids and can hear again, you gain greater independence and the confidence to do more for yourself.
Glendora Hearing Aids
Make this New Year the year you finally have your hearing checked and get your health, your hearing and your life back on track. Contact us at Glendora Hearing Aids to set up a hearing test. We can help you find the best hearing aids for you and your needs. What could be a better way to start your New Years right?