We all know someone who has experienced hearing loss. Most of us don’t think about it happening to us.
Just like you go to an optometrist to get glasses, you should see an audiologist to treat hearing loss. Hearing loss is currently the third most common health problem in the United States. It’s more common than you think.
October is Audiology Awareness Month, and we want to take the time to make sure you know the important facts about hearing loss. It’s not scary, and you don’t have to live with it. You can treat it, and we can help.
MYTH 1: Hearing loss only happens to older people.
Hearing loss is often a natural development that comes with aging. In fact, that’s one of the most common causes of hearing loss.
But that’s not the only cause. Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Noise-induced hearing loss, which is caused by noise that exceeds a safe sound level. If you frequent rock concerts or work in a loud factory without using hearing protection, you’re exposing yourself to the risk of hearing loss.
Hearing loss can also be caused by other underlying health issues, like chemotherapy, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, as well as others.
Frankly, hearing loss can happen to anyone regardless of age.
Myth 2: Hearing loss doesn’t affect any other aspects of your health.
It would be great if hearing loss didn’t affect other aspects of your health, but when it’s left untreated, your overall health will experience side effects.
Hearing loss has been proven to significantly affect the health of your brain. When hearing loss is left untreated, the brain is working harder than it should. This often causes the brain itself to shrink due to overuse (called brain atrophy). Research shows that these effects are directly related to dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s.
It’s also important to note that hearing loss can have a negative effect on your mental health. People who continue living life without treatment find themselves detached from the people and the things they care about, causing social isolation, anxiety, and loneliness.
Myth 3: You can wait to get hearing aids.
You find out you have hearing loss, but you assume getting hearing aids is not essential. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, hearing aids are probably the best solution. The longer you wait, the worse your hearing loss can become.
Hearing aids are incredible. They can give you back the hearing you lost. Waiting should not be an option.
Not only will you be able to hear the TV, you’ll be able to participate in the most important things of life. You can reconnect with the people you care about. You can enjoy hobbies. You can be an active participant in your life, not just a bystander.
The longer you wait, the greater the negative impact your hearing loss will have on your life.
Knowing the truth about hearing loss is important! When you understand the effects and challenges of leaving it untreated, you can take action early and help others do the same.
We’re hosting a Brain Hearing Presentation that will provide you with even more valuable information on the effects of hearing loss.