Don't ignore hearing loss

Treatment: A hearing test is a procedure best performed by a qualified audiologist or audiometrist. Picture: Shutterstock
Treatment: A hearing test is a procedure best performed by a qualified audiologist or audiometrist. Picture: Shutterstock

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When making the decision to get hearing aids, you're not only going to improve your hearing, you're also taking a positive step towards a better quality of life. Studies have shown that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids report an enhancement in their relationships, in their social lives, and in their ability to communicate more effectively with loved ones and colleagues.

Hearing loss plays a significant role in many important issues that impact our well-being and quality of life. Let's explore some of the benefits you may experience by taking the step to treating your hearing loss.

Sounds you love

It is often not until people get hearing aids that they realise how much they have been missing out on. Maybe you miss the sound of birds chirping, or the waves rolling in at the beach, or perhaps the laughter of children. With modern hearing aids, you can even connect to your TV or smartphone to help you hear your favourite TV show, listen to your favourite music or even take phone calls directly through your hearing aids.

Social gatherings

Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, as the challenges of listening and feelings of missing out often cause people to withdraw from the friends, loved ones and activities that bring them joy. Social isolation is closely linked to numerous quality-of-life issues, including depression, illness, exhaustion and even shorter life spans. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids enables you to hear, participate, and ensure you don't miss out.

Relationships

Communication is an important part of relationships and untreated hearing loss often leads to frustration, arguments and feelings of being ignored or unheard. New hearing aid wearers experience a positive impact on their relationships when they start using hearing aids, and this is echoed by their partners, family members and friends.

Other health issues

Studies have shown that people with untreated hearing loss are more likely to experience dementia than someone without hearing loss. Mild hearing loss results in a two-fold risk of developing the condition, moderate hearing loss results in a three-fold risk, and profound hearing loss is associated with a five-fold increased risk of dementia.

It has been well documented in recent years that wearing hearing aids greatly reduces the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss, thus reducing the severity or delaying the development of dementia.

Personal safety

Missed or misheard signals like car horns, alarms and other warning alerts can endanger your ability to stay safe and keep those around you safe. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids enhances the awareness you experience of your surroundings and can help ensure you recognise every smoke detector, bike bell, emergency alert or distress call the first time it sounds.

Reduce risk of falling

A study in the US showed that middle aged people (40-69 years old) with mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than people of the same age without hearing loss. The increased risk of falling in people with hearing loss is believed to be due to reduced awareness of their overall environment which could lead to tripping and falling more likely.

  • If you suspect that either you, a friend or family member may be experiencing undiagnosed hearing loss, be proactive and call HearClear Audiology on 08 8762 3262 to make an appointment for a FREE hearing assessment.