Hearing loss is often very subtle. It’s something that comes on slowly, and before you realize it, you can’t hear as well as you used to. Hearing loss can happen at any age, and can be really tough to accept and seek treatment for. People often feel they can “get by” without hearing help, and wait years before addressing the problem. Seeking help can be really hard to do, but the hidden consequences of untreated hearing loss can be far more troubling, and negatively affect your quality of life.
Research keeps showing us that hearing loss affects more in our lives than how loud we turn up the volume on our televisions. Experts have found that hearing loss is also linked to cognitive and psychological consequences, including:
Social withdrawal and increased isolation
Reduced awareness and potential increased risk to personal safety
Diminished cognitive function
Reduced job performance
Reduced academic performance in children
A recent study by Johns Hopkins University found that cognitive decline was 41% greater in seniors with hearing loss. For children with hearing loss, academic performance can suffer, and the symptoms of the loss frequently are misunderstood as behavior problems. But, there is no reason to give up hope.
Hearing Loss IS Treatable
Bulky, hard to manage hearing aids really are a thing of the past. Today’s hearing care technology is rapidly advancing, and having your hearing loss treated gives you the opportunity to enjoy the world of sound again. Hearing care professionals work with other medical providers as part of your healthcare team, and work with you to make certain you are getting what you need. Hearing aids can help alleviate the fatigue, stress, social withdrawal, and academic challenges often associated with hearing loss. The world of sound is waiting for you!