October is Audiology Awareness Month. If you or someone you love is struggling with hearing loss, now is the time to talk about the benefits of treatment, specifically the use of hearing aids.
Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss
More than 48 million people in the United States have hearing loss, but only about 20% of those who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. In addition to not being able to hear, choosing not to treat your hearing loss can have a serious impact on your mental, physical and emotional health.
Hearing Loss Can Change Your Brain
Your brain is used to receiving a certain amount of auditory information to make sense of the world around you. Those with hearing loss deprive their brain of this information. Because of this deficit, other areas of the brain must make up for it. Areas of your brain previously delegated to processing visual or other sensory information must adapt to pick up the slack. With less stimulation, parts of your brain can deteriorate.
Hearing Loss Can Impact Your Cognitive Abilities
When you’re in a situation where you are struggling to hear over a lot of distracting background noise, which can occur when you are out to dinner at Stonefire Grill or another crowded eatery, the parts of your brain responsible for thinking, focusing and concentrating must become more active to help you hear. Because the resources are being allocated to helping you hear, you will often have trouble understanding what is being said.
Untreated hearing loss has even been linked with an increased risk of dementia.
Hearing Loss Can Increase Stress
Living with untreated hearing loss is stressful. You may answer someone incorrectly because you misheard the question or get lost when driving around Simi Valley because you were unable to hear the directions.
Hearing Loss Can Impact Your Social Life
Hearing loss can make participating in conversations or attending large functions challenging; it can also lead to listening fatigue. Because of this, many with untreated hearing loss will begin to decline invites, slowly spending more time at home alone.
Hearing Aids Are Better Than Ever
Modern hearing aids come in a variety of styles, created with an eye for design. There is a device to fit your personal aesthetic, from a sleek behind-the-ear model to one that sits inside the ear canal and is practically invisible.
In addition to looks, the technology within these devices is advancing at a rapid rate. Most people with mild to profound hearing loss can find a hearing aid that works for them.
To learn more about why now is the time to seek help for your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, contact Decibel Hearing today.