Accepting that you have a hearing loss can be difficult for some people. Sometimes people are in denial about the state of their hearing, while others realize they are not hearing well but feel it’s not important to hear any better. Here are some reasons why accepting and treating your hearing loss can benefit you in the long run.
- Treating a hearing loss early can preserve your ability to process sound in difficult listening environments. This all relates to keeping the brain areas that control sound processing active all day long – even something as simple as hearing your fridge run throughout the day helps keep that brain activity going!
- Untreated hearing loss has been linked with social isolation, depression, and dementia. Proper treatment with a hearing aid improves the ability to engage with others, as well as reduces the strain required to communicate with a hearing loss, which can lead to better overall mental health and reduce the risk of dementia.
- Routine hearing checkups are as important as routine vision tests, dental checkups, and annual physical exams with your doctor. Hearing health has been linked with a number of other health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease, and falls, so managing any hearing difficulties is an important part of managing your overall health and wellbeing.
If you or a loved one are experiencing changes to your hearing, one of our Certified Audiologists would be happy to help.