Hearing loss is a growing public health epidemic. The third most common chronic condition that people experience, impaired hearing impacts nearly 1 in 5 people. Though hearing loss is a pervasive health concern, it is often under-diagnosed. It can take quite some time for people to realize and acknowledge their hearing is changing because impairment typically happens gradually.
Additionally, it can be challenging to accept and confront changing health. This delay in treatment can actually worsen the impairment which has multifaceted effects on all aspects of life. It is critical to pay attention to symptoms and treat and degree of hearing loss which improves health and quality of life!
Hearing Loss Symptoms and Impact
Hearing loss reduces a person’s ability to absorb and process sound which produces a range of symptoms that can be mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
- Tinnitus which is a buzzing or ringing like noise in one or both ears
- Sound is muffled or slurred making it hard to hear and identify individual words
- Increasing volume on electronic devices (TV, phone, speaker etc.)
- Frequently asking others to repeat what they’ve said, speak loudly, and/or slowly
- Difficulty hearing in environments with background noise, needing to move to quieter settings
These symptoms can disrupt daily life and make managing responsibilities challenging by:
- Straining Communication: difficulty hearing and following conversations can lead to miscommunication, missing details, confusion, and an unpleasant exchange. This affects everyone involved in the conversation which can feel like too much work.
- Leading to Social Withdrawal: people with untreated hearing loss often feel anxious about conversations because of how symptoms strain communication. This can cause people to avoid conversations and interaction altogether. People can skip out on activities, events, and social engagement which means spending less time with family and friends. This social withdrawal impacts relationships, social support systems, and mental health.
- Impacting Overall Health: strained communication and social withdrawal produce loneliness; contributing to anxiety and stress. This affects mental health and wellness on a daily basis. Additionally, untreated hearing loss increases the risk of developing other health concerns including cognitive decline, accidental injuries, and depression.
Identifying and treating hearing loss as soon as possible alleviates symptoms and their impact. Early intervention can drastically help transition into better health with greater ease and success.
Benefits of Treatment
Fortunately, there are effective ways that hearing loss is treated. The most common treatment is hearing aids which are electronic devices designed to absorb, amplify, and process sound. These technologically savvy instruments can significantly increase a person’s ability to hear across all environments. This has numerous benefits including:
- Enhanced Communication: hearing aids maximize hearing, allowing people to hear and process sound much more easily which is incredibly helpful for effective communication. People are better able to participate in conversations and respond more comfortably without guessing or trying to figure out what is being said. Effective communication is important for healthy relationships, strong job performance, and an active social life.
- Boosts Social Life: the hearing support that hearing aids provide also allow people to navigate spaces, activities, and interactions with a greater sense of independence and control. Not having to rely on others to regularly make adjustments or overworking yourself in trying to hear, hearing aids boost confidence. This encourages people to participate in their daily life with more presence and energy.
- Improves Health: being able to spend quality time with others, fully participating in social gatherings, and engaging in conversation easily improves mental health and wellness. Also, treating hearing loss reduces the risk of developing other medical conditions.
These major benefits significantly contribute to an enhanced quality and longevity of life. Treating hearing loss can help you feel like the best of yourself!
How to Address Hearing Loss
Taking the first step to address your hearing loss is simple! Treatment begins by scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. Our hearing tests involve a noninvasive and painless process that measures hearing ability in both ears. This identifies any impairment and the degree of hearing loss you may be navigating.
Establishing and treating your hearing needs is integral to overall health and happiness! To schedule an appointment for a hearing test, contact us today.