Taking the First StepJune 14, 2016 8:31 am
The primary role of our ears and auditory system is to hear. If you suffer from hearing loss you are not alone. Did you know that 1 out of every 3 people over the age of 65 has hearing loss? Even more alarming is that far too many people chose to ignore their hearing loss, deny it or live with it. Recent research supports what many audiologists have known all along: the effects of hearing loss impact much more than communication. Those with untreated hearing loss also suffer from a host of other ailments such as memory loss, increased risk of dementia, balance problems and even loss of income.
The good news is a vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing instruments. Treating hearing loss with hearing instruments not has a positive impact on communication and socialization, but also increases personal safety, helps with the ability to learn new tasks, decreases fatigue, depression, isolation, and enhances job performance and earning potential.
Dr. Sergei Kochkin from the Better Hearing Institute sums it up quite well. “Hearing loss is far more serious than people realize. When left unaddressed, hearing loss negatively affects virtually every aspect of an individual’s life.”
One of the common objections to purchasing hearing aids is cost. We can always find other ways to spend money; saving for a vacation, a home improvement or just a rainy day. In reality the return on the investment of hearing aids can be tremendous. People are more confident and outgoing. Job performance can improve along with the overall quality of life. It’s hard to put a price tag on that!
Taking the first step:
Everyone has a different trigger that makes them finally say enough. When you or your loved one reach that point it’s time to take the first step. Schedule a complete and thorough hearing evaluation with an audiologist. He or she will explain the test results, discuss their recommendations and set a plan of action. You may find something as simple as communication strategies will help, or perhaps you need hearing instruments or assistive technology. Taking that first step may be the hardest, but the consequences of ignoring one’s hearing loss can ultimately be too serious to overlook.
Ready to get started? Request an appointment today to learn more about your options and what will work best for you.
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