Do you struggle to hear? Are you straining to follow conversations, or worrying that someone at work will notice you can’t hear clearly? Nearly 40 million Americans of all ages have hearing loss, and this includes children, teenagers, university students, adults in the workforce, and seniors nearing retirement. If you’ve been living with hearing loss for a few months or years, you might wonder if it’s worth it to invest in hearing devices. For those who decide to look after their hearing health, the benefits of treating hearing loss are life changing.
Hearing in Conversations
One of the biggest complaints among those who can’t hear is struggling to follow conversations. As your hearing loss worsens, you struggle to communicate with friends and loved ones. You ask people to repeat themselves over and over again, and have stopped going to social gatherings since you just can’t hear what’s been said. You strain to hear, and all that listening effort leaves you exhausted by the end of the day.
Treating hearing loss will allow you to hear in conversations, and catch every word and punchline. You’ll never miss another dinner party, or risk the embarrassment of mishearing what’s been said, or saying the wrong thing. You’ll enjoy reduced listening effort, and have energy for the people and things you love. Your relationships will be stronger than ever and you’ll wish you’d gotten hearing aids sooner.
Improved Job Performance
Stressed about having hearing loss at work? Wearing hearing aids has been shown to increase your earning power! Those with untreated hearing loss earn less than their hearing peers, and even those with mild to moderate hearing loss earn on average $30,000 less per year! Employees with hearing loss are overlooked for promotions and even risk losing their jobs, while those with hearing aids are able to reach their full potential.
Better Brain Health
Did you know that treating hearing loss is good for your brain? If you have hearing loss, your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is high, and those with hearing loss score far worse on cognitive task tests. Treating hearing loss keeps your brain healthy and active, and allows you to engage with the world around you. Those who treat their hearing loss with quality hearing aids don’t experience rapid cognitive decline, and aren’t at high risk of developing dementia.
If you have hearing loss, you probably also suffer from tinnitus, that high-pitched ringing or buzzing sound in your ears. Tinnitus is far worse when you’re in quiet places, and you often have trouble getting to sleep at night. Hearing loss and tinnitus often go hand in hand, so treating hearing loss will help you manage your tinnitus and reduce the stress related to these phantom sounds. Many of today’s top hearing aids include tinnitus therapy programs that will help you manage your tinnitus. Along with increased hearing and reduced tinnitus from wearing hearing devices, you can take advantage of sound masking programs that are calibrated to your unique experience of tinnitus. You can play sounds at the same frequency as your tinnitus, making it fade into the background until you don’t even notice it. You can enjoy your day and your night without the stress of tinnitus.
Improved Quality of Life
Hearing aids safeguard your job and the relationships you value the most. These sophisticated devices improve quality of life by helping you hear clearly and communicate effortlessly. You can enjoy all the sounds around you, and reduce your risk of developing depression or isolation. You’ll appreciate the sound of your grandkids laugher and enjoy listening to music again. You’ll have increased energy, and be more physically active, meaning that you’ll enjoy your weekends while also exercising your body and your brain.
Treating Hearing Loss
The American Academy of Audiology estimates that only 20% of those with hearing loss have hearing aids! If you’re part of the 80% of Americans with hearing loss who haven’t treated their hearing loss, contact a hearing health provider in our network to talk about your hearing health. Don’t let your hearing loss rob you of the best years of your life, but get back to good health and clear hearing with a pair of sleek modern devices to suit your lifestyle and hearing needs.