As you age, your risk of developing hearing loss rises. Approximately 1 in 3 people between the ages of 65 and 74 have some degree of hearing loss, and just under half of those who are older than 75 do as well.
The good news is that by treating your hearing loss you’ll not only be able to hear better, but you’ll experience a range of other benefits as well.
Hearing Aids Improve Relationships
Untreated hearing loss can put a strain on relationships, in particular with your partner or spouse. When you struggle to hear, miscommunications become more frequent. You may misunderstand what your partner is saying or not hear them entirely. Additionally, they may feel frustrated because they frequently have to repeat themselves or act as a sort of translator when you’re out with others.
Hearing aids make it easier for you to have conversations with your loved ones, allowing you to connect and enjoy spending time together.
Hearing Loss Can Affect Your Brain
Research has shown a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline and dementia. The exact reasoning for this is unknown. However, brain scans have shown that hearing loss may contribute to a faster rate of brain atrophy.
People with hearing loss also tend to isolate themselves from others. Isolation has been shown to deprive the brain of stimulation and accelerate cognitive decline.
Treating your hearing loss can help protect your brain and lower your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Treating Hearing Loss Improves Mental and Physical Health
People who use hearing aids to treat their hearing loss report lower levels of anxiety, depression and anger than those who do not. Treating your hearing loss can also lead to improved physical health, specifically by reducing your risk of injury related to falls.
Treat Hearing Loss to Stay Connected to the World Around You
It can be very disorienting to have hearing loss when you’re at the grocery store or out with friends at Carson’s Food & Drink. Not only do you miss what is being said, but your level of hearing can also impact things like special awareness and the ability to pick up on safety cues.
When you feel confident in your hearing ability, you can feel safe navigating your environment and enjoy activities you always loved as well as engage in new experiences.
If you are concerned about your hearing and wish to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact The Hearing & Speech Center today.