The New Year has arrived and as is tradition you may have made whole new set of resolutions to achieve. While there are so many wonderful resolutions it’s important to include maintenance of your health as a major priority. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States, and is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer. While you may consider hearing loss an ear issue, in truth it affects so many aspects of your health; it’s dangerous to ignore it! Make sure to include getting your hearing tested as one of the highest priorities for the beginning of 2020!
The many dangers of untreated hearing loss
Untreated hearing loss comes with a number of risks, both in terms of health and emotional well being. When people choose to go untreated, they are risking their relationships, careers, and health. Certain illnesses can put you at risk of hearing loss or become exacerbated when you leave hearing loss untreated. For example, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cognitive impairment have all been linked to hearing loss. There are also indications that untreated hearing loss can accelerate dementia.
Social consequences of hearing loss
The social consequences of going without treatment are very serious. Untreated hearing loss can affect careers, relationships, and friendships. It might be difficult to maintain friendships, and it might be difficult to find a happy, stable relationship when one party is suffering from hearing loss. Hearing loss can also cause people to miss opportunities in their career, whether directly or indirectly. People with hearing loss report a higher level of fatigue at the end of the day, both physically and emotionally. They have to hyper-focus other senses to stay alert and wear themselves down to keep up with their friends and coworkers. This level of exhaustion can result in chronic fatigue, anxiety, and even depression.
Benefits of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids provide a number of clinically proven benefits for hearing aid wearers including improved communication and decreased listening effort. Best of all, hearing your best will help you stay connected to the important people in your life. According to a study by the Better Hearing Institute, more than 91 percent of those who purchased hearing aids in the last year were satisfied with their purchase. Nearly 90 percent of current hearing aid wearers would recommend hearing aids to a friend with hearing loss. Most people with hearing loss quickly discover the amazing benefits of hearing aids when they start wearing them on a regular basis.
Reduced risk of falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 800,000 people over age 65 are hospitalized as a result of falls each year, and the average hospital cost of a fall injury is more than $30,000. The most common injuries from falls are a broken hip or head trauma. Unfortunately, people with hearing loss are at a greater risk of falls than people with normal hearing. Wearing hearing aids has shown to help stay more aware of their surrounding, helping them stay upright.
Lower Your Risk of Mental Decline
Although everyone experiences some mental decline as they age, people with hearing loss are at a greater risk than others. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that people with mild hearing loss were twice as likely to develop dementia, those with moderate hearing loss were three times more likely, and those with severe hearing loss were five times more likely to develop dementia as they aged. The good news is that people who wear hearing aids to address their hearing loss can erase that risk almost entirely.
Improve Your Long-term Health
By wearing your hearing aids all the time, not just when it is convenient, you can stay healthier and more mentally alert. Additionally, you can lower your risk of negative health outcomes in the future. When you consider the dangers of not wearing hearing aids and all the benefits of wearing them, getting a hearing test in 2020 is a no brainer. Make this the year you get your hearing tested and get in control of your health before it gets the better of you. Contact us at GN Audiology to schedule your hearing test today.