Benefits of Hearing Aids
If you or a loved have hearing loss, it is important to seek treatment. Untreated hearing loss can bring a number of challenges to your physical well-being and your overall quality of life. Treating hearing loss is simple, and it starts with a hearing assessment. If a hearing loss is in fact detected, then your hearing care professional will work with you to find the best course of treatment – most commonly through the use of hearing aids.
Here are several benefits of hearing aid treatment:
Higher Earning Power
When you increase your abilities to recognize and appropriately respond to speech, particularly in the workplace, you increase your earning power. In other words, the better you are able to hear at work, the more valuable you become. Research has found that untreated hearing loss can reduce annual earnings by as much as $30,000. The study also found that correcting hearing loss with hearing aids reduces the risk of lost earnings by more than “90 percent for people with mild hearing loss, and nearly 77 percent for those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.” That is it is important to not let your hearing loss go untreated.
Slower Cognitive Decline
Several recent studies have linked untreated hearing loss to an increased risk of developing dementia and accelerated cognitive decline. The decline appears greatest for those who do not wear hearing aids to correct hearing loss. Exciting new research further supports that treating hearing loss with hearing aids appears to slow the decline of thinking and memory retention associated with hearing loss. So not only does hearing aid treatment improve your earning, it also offers health benefits such as reducing cognitive decline.
Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms
More than 50 million people in America experience tinnitus, which is a high-pitched ringing in the ears with no external sound source. Of those who experience tinnitus, 90% also experience hearing loss. But did you know that wearing hearing aids to treat hearing loss can also alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus? With advances in hearing aid technology, there are now hearing aids specifically designed to alleviate tinnitus. So wearing hearing aids to correct hearing loss has an additional benefit to reduce the stress associated with tinnitus.
Improved Personal Safety
You improve your safety when you treat your hearing loss. Don’t be at greater risk of falling, which can lead to costly medical bills—let alone physical discomfort. The better you hear, the more attuned you are to your surroundings. Even mild hearing loss can impact your ability to hear sonic cues such as alarms in the world around you. To dedicate your time to healthy hearing is also a dedication to your bodily safety.
The emotional benefits of treating your hearing loss are immense. Any type of hearing loss can make you feel disconnected from your own sense of self and impacts how you think and feel about yourself. As treating hearing loss can improve your sense of wellbeing, it of course enhances your abilities and desires to connect with friends and loved ones. If you treat your hearing loss, you improve your abilities to hear them, of course, but also to feel emotionally connected and supported. It was recently found that people who wear hearing aids to correct a hearing loss enjoy a better quality of life than those who let their hearing loss go untreated.
Regional Hearing and Balance is Here to Help You through All Aspects of Hearing Loss
If you have any questions about aural rehabilitation or hearing loss, please contact us at Regional Hearing and Balance to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our experienced hearing care professionals today. We are here for you, to help with all aspects of your hearing health.