If you have hearing loss you are not alone. It’s estimated that 48 million people of all ages suffer from hearing loss—a lifelong condition that affects how you communicate, the quality of your relationships, mental health, cognitive health, and the ability to stay mobile and independent. While there is no cure for hearing loss, the good news is that hearing aids can help. These amazing electronic devices continue to make strides in digital miniaturization, providing enhanced sound and adaptive listening settings for diverse circumstances. With hearing aids, you have a chance to improve relationships and get the most out of the activities and the life you love.
However, if you just have invested in a new pair of hearing aids it can feel overwhelming. There are also so many styles and features to choose from and when you start to wear them, it can take time to get used to sounds you haven’t heard in years or decades. Here are some tips for getting to know your hearing aids and finding the best set for you.
The Many Benefits of Prevention
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 13% of people in the United States suffer from disabling hearing loss—however, a staggering two-thirds do not seek treatment. Meanwhile 50% of people over 75 years old are deaf or hard of hearing, meaning that many seniors are left feeling confused, lonely, and depressed due to the avoidance of hearing aids.
When you invest in new hearing aids the many benefits will allow you to connect in ways you possibly haven’t in years. Get ready to start to rebuild relationships that may have felt strained for years. As your ability to connect to the people in your life increases, enjoy increased confidence and energy creating which will begin to increase your overall quality of life, allowing you to have added confidence, try new things, stay more active and keep up with your general health.
Hearing Loss Treatment Options
Everyone’s hearing loss is a little bit different, making the first step to treatment, and scheduling a hearing test. Not only will we test the extent of your hearing, but we will interview you about your family history, medical history, your line of work, your hobbies, and your interests. This will allow us to help you find the best hearing aids for you. Hearing aids come in a diverse array of styles from discrete to large and accommodating for those with dexterity issues such as arthritis. Each style has its benefits and cons depending and finding the best hearing aids for you ultimately relies on you telling us what you want out of your life.
In addition to styles, today’s hearing aids come with so many added features to enhance the quality of your hearing and your life. Those who play music can enjoy music listening settings, while those who spend a lot of time outside being active and exercising can enjoy the convivence of water resistance to whisk the sweat and humidity away from their hearing devices. Others may enjoy Bluetooth connectivity to connect to the TV, stereo, or phone wirelessly or features that enhance conversation in noisy environments with directional microphones. This allows you to better hear the person directly in front of you enhancing your conversation amongst competing voices.
Investing in Your Hearing Health
Hearing aids are a financial investment, but when you consider their benefit, the price seems completely worth it. For instance, it’s noted that people who neglect treatment for hearing loss are often found to make hospital visits 50% more frequently than those who treat their hearing loss. In addition, they are 50% more likely to be readmitted within a month. Emergency room visits were 17% more likely over 10 years, with an average medical expense per patient with a hearing loss of $22,434 more on medical care.
Aside from medical costs, hearing loss also makes an impact on your professional career. As miscommunications increase over years, it’s common for those with untreated hearing loss to be passed over for raises and promotions. The Better Hearing Institute estimates that annually those with untreated hearing loss make $30,000 less than contemporaries who use hearing aids or have normal hearing.
When you look at the dangers of untreated hearing loss, the benefits outweigh the cons. Act today and schedule a hearing exam with us now!