Hearing is one of the most important senses for interacting with the world. If you don’t protect your hearing or neglect to correct hearing impairment, you could compromise your health and wellness in ways you never realized. Consider nine things your hearing can affect in your daily life.
- Physical health: Hearing loss impacts verbal communication during recreational activities. According to a survey by the Hear the World Foundation, 21% of respondents reported exercising more after being fitted with hearing aids. A further 34% stated they now actively participate in sports, and around 70% feel their hearing aids have improved their general health and well-being.
- Mental health: A clear connection exists between hearing loss and depression. Hearing loss has even been linked to the cognitive decline associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, hearing aids stimulate the auditory nerve, reducing the negative emotional, mental, and cognitive impacts of hearing loss.
- Relationships: Communication is paramount to any healthy relationship. Hearing loss can cause miscommunications, aggravation, and social withdrawal. In most cases, hearing aids dramatically improve communication for improved confidence in social settings.
- Tinnitus symptoms: Tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears, is a common problem for people with hearing loss. By increasing the stimulation between the brain and auditory pathways, hearing aids can decrease tinnitus symptoms and improve your quality of life.
- Fatigue: Processing speech and other sounds becomes more difficult as hearing loss worsens. The additional energy required to do what used to come naturally can cause anxiety, sleep disturbances, tiredness, and fatigue. Fortunately, hearing aids can help.
- Headaches: A combination of tinnitus and the extra effort required to listen with hearing loss can cause debilitating headaches. The intensity and frequency of headaches have been shown to decrease among those who wear hearing aids.
- Safety and security: Sirens, alarms, ringing phones, car horns, and other alerts go unheard by people with hearing loss. Better hearing makes it possible to notice and respond to important sounds that occur in daily life.
- Speech: Young children with hearing problems may not fully develop language skills if their hearing loss remains untreated. Even articulate adults may find it difficult to speak clearly when they can’t hear themselves talk. Hearing aids ensure those with hearing loss can communicate more effectively through speech.
- Workplace confidence: Effective verbal communication is essential for many types of jobs. As hearing declines, the chances for misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and unfinished tasks increase. Those with impaired hearing may also find fewer job opportunities available to them. The improved communication provided by hearing aids resolves all of these problems.
If you suspect you have hearing loss, however minor, schedule a free hearing test and consultation with Elite Hearing Centers of America. If we determine that you could benefit from hearing aids, we’ll get you started with a risk-free, 30-day trial. For more information about our no-cost services, please call 855-432-7354 or contact us online. You’ll be glad you did!