Addressing hearing loss isn’t just about what you hear – it’s about how you feel and function, which is encouraging people of all ages to get their hearing tested this holiday season. Studies show that when people address hearing loss, it can have a positive effect on their home life, self-confidence, relationships, mood, overall health, job performance, and even income. It safeguards quality of life by helping people maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and stay socially and cognitively engaged.
Learning the status of our hearing health and addressing hearing loss are important to quality of life at every age. Gen Xers and youthful-minded baby boomers, in fact, are developing hearing loss in greater numbers, and as older Americans are putting off retirement and staying in the workforce longer, the ability to hear your best is becoming all the more important.
Luckily, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing instruments, and today’s state-of-the art instruments are better than ever. The latest technologies make it easier to hear people and sounds from all directions and are designed to filter out noise, like at crowded restaurants. Various styles sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal and out of sight, making them virtually invisible, some are even waterproof or rechargeable. Perhaps best of all, they’re wireless, helping people of all ages stay connected to their smart phones, home entertainment systems, and other prized electronics – but most importantly, to life.
So go ahead, ring in this holiday season with a hearing test. Whether it is conversation and laughter around the dinner table you enjoy most, or watching a movie or football game together on the television, let the latest hearing instrument technologies help you hear your best and stay connected with family and friends in the New Year.
Addressing hearing loss really can add to quality of life during the holidays and year round. Here’s what getting a hearing test and using a professionally-fitted hearing instrument, if recommended by a hearing care professional, may do for you:
1. Strengthen ties with family and friends. Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication.
2. Raise your spirits. People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated and depressed. But research shows that when they use hearing instruments, many become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.
3. Lead you to feel better about yourself. An important perk of using hearing instruments can be enhanced emotional well-being. Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing instruments, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical.
4. Keep the mind sharp. Studies out of Johns Hopkins linked hearing loss with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults and found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time. Better Hearing Institute studies found that many people with hearing loss report improvements in their cognitive skills with the use of hearing instruments.
5. Unleash you earning potential. Hearing your best at work helps you do your best. One study found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90% -100% for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65%-77% for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. And people with hearing loss who use hearing instruments are more likely to be employed than their peers who don’t.
We have so much on our mind especially during such a hectic season, however give some time to yourself, get a hearing evaluation. Remember, the worst thing you can do is… nothing.
Click here to schedule an appointment with us today!