Ways Hearing Aids Will Improve Your Life
You’ve probably heard all about hearing aids from friends or family. Their hearing aids have “changed their lives” right? But should you take their recommendations seriously? As you think about getting hearing aids for yourself, let’s take a look at what you can expect as well as some of the ways hearing aids can make your everyday life even better.
Avoid Social Isolation
Losing communication with loved ones is one of the biggest reasons people choose to get hearing aids in the first place. People tend to withdraw from the things and people they love as those they talk to seem to “mumble” or “speak more softly” than they used to. Relationships can really suffer because of hearing loss and loneliness and depression can easily creep in.
Social awkwardness or embarrassment can be tough to deal with and can really be rather grueling. Unless you’ve experienced hearing loss yourself, you can’t totally understand the feeling of total exhaustion you have from trying to be involved in conversations and activities with co-workers, family and even just out in public each day.
Hearing aids are here to help! They can aid you in hearing the simplest to the most important conversations you need to be a part of.
Work Longer and More Efficiently
If you begin to experience hearing loss while you are still at your day-to-day job, it can affect how long you are able to continue working. Depending on your job, it can also impact your safety and the safety of others due to miscommunication or failure to hear warning sounds and alarms in different work situations.
It can be a disappointment not being able to have one on one conversations with co-workers or have the confidence to contribute to a team meeting. There may be missed phone calls or difficulty hearing phone calls. The simple idea of hearing what is going on around you in the workplace can seem small but when you are missing out on it, this can be huge!
Thankfully hearing aids can help you stay in the workplace as long as you desire as well as stay on top of your game while working efficiently and at your best.
Keep Your Brain Active
Did you know that as hearing loss increases, the part of your brain that helps you recognize and decipher words starts to shut down? This can lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, when you treat your hearing loss sooner than later, your risk of these awful diseases decreases immensely as it helps your brain to continually react to different noises around you.
Hearing aids are essential in ensuring your quality of life now and in the future. Your ability to stay active mentally and physically will be dramatically influenced by your choice to correct your hearing early. Healthy hearing will give you the confidence to push yourself to try new things, be socially active and more as you age.
Live Independently Longer
There are many everyday tasks that require you to hear. Things like making appointments over the phone or talking with your doctor about your medications and more necessitate good hearing.
What about hearing the cashier at the grocery store? Your wife or husband that has fallen in the kitchen and needs help? The ambulance and fire truck barreling down the road as you drive. Even hearing a car or motorcycle as you cross the street is important.
Research shows that even the smallest amount of hearing loss can triple your risk of falling. The risk increases as the amount of hearing loss is intensified. Those with decreased hearing are just not as aware of what is going on around them.
There’s no way around it. If you want to be independent as long as possible, your lack of hearing needs to be addressed. Otherwise, your ability to continue to care for yourself and loved ones is taken from you, possibly much earlier than you intended.
Enjoy Fun, Large Gatherings Again
It can be a very demanding task to go to a venue with a lot of people and many background noises going on. It can cause a great amount of stress as someone with hearing loss struggles to hear what they want or need to. Speech can be really tough to understand and those with hearing loss can become fed up with the whole thing and begin to stay home from these types of gatherings. Things and places that used to be enjoyable are now causing sadness, stress and sadly, changing relationships. Don’t let this be your story.
Improve Your Relationships
Communication has been a large part of what we have already talked about but think about how truly important it can be. When you hear about “working on your relationships” whether it’s with your spouse, child, boss or someone else, communication is the largest part of building a better connection. When people are constantly repeating themselves so you can hear, they will eventually get tired of it and avoid the situation entirely. Obtaining hearing aids can help you in a big way, but it can also help those closest to you.
The great thing is, for the most part, you are able to control how hearing loss influences your everyday life. Thankfully, the option of hearing aids is there for you. Although you may resist for a time, thinking you can do without, it may be time to take a chance on them, and an improved life!
Treating your hearing loss now instead of down the road enables you to avoid some of the hardest parts of hearing loss that other people have to deal with. Choose to avoid social isolation. Choose to have the option of working longer and more efficiently, keep your brain active, live independently longer, enjoy large gatherings again and improve your relationships. Not only your current and future health depends on it, but the vital relationships you have created over a lifetime do.
We want to be part of your hearing health team! Please contact us at Fairfax Hearing Center to schedule a consultation and hearing test today.