The New Year has come again and with it comes all the promises of a fresh start! Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are for this year, they will be harder to realize if your health is not in order. While people often think that hearing is only an ear issue nothing could be further from the truth. The whole body is connected and your hearing is no exception. Potential health impacts from hearing loss can include headaches, muscle tension, and increased stress and blood pressure levels. Not only that but hearing loss has even been connected to hypertension, diabetes, balance issues and many more trips to the hospital. If you want to spend this year healthy it’s a really good idea to make it a priority to have your hearing checked this year.
Hearing loss affects every aspect of your life
Hearing affects all parts of our body. Our five senses keep us connected with the world around us – they help us form relationships and generate perceptions of the world. So, the prospect of losing one of these senses is a terrifying and isolating experience. If you are suffering from hearing loss, you may find that life has become a little less enjoyable. Your relationships with your loved ones often suffer, you may struggle to enjoy social situations, and the things that once brought you joy just aren’t the same. Your performance of work often can suffer as well as you can miss important information which can lead co-workers and employers to give you less responsibility, ultimately affecting your earnings. Every aspect of your life is different with a hearing loss.
Hearing loss can affect your health and well being
If you have a hearing loss, your brain needs to focus more of its energy on the simple task of hearing. Everyday conversation becomes more tiring because your brain works harder to try to decipher what’s being said. This can make you and your brain exhausted and can affect your ability to remember details. Potential health impacts from hearing loss can include headaches, muscle tension, and increased stress and blood pressure levels. Some studies have linked untreated hearing loss in adults to depression, fatigue, social withdrawal and impaired memory. Untreated hearing loss is associated with a greater risk of developing dementia – one study has shown that the risk of developing dementia is up to five times higher in people with severe untreated hearing loss. When you are continually missing important information on the daily, untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, and affect your sense of independence as it’s more likely that you suddenly depend on others in your day-to-day activities.
You may not even know that there is a problem
On average it takes 10 years for a person with hearing loss to address the issue. Changes in hearing are common, as people get older but, like going gray, the shift rarely happens overnight. It’s important to pay attention to those first signs of hearing loss before they turn into a larger problem. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to be depressed, feel isolated, and have memory problems later on. Many people are just in denial about the extent of their hearing loss. It’s often family or friends who first encourage you to come for a hearing test. No matter how severe you believe your hearing loss may be, a hearing test can give you definitive answers and peace of mind.
New Year, new ears!
Hearing aids relieve the strain of hearing. With the newer digital technology available, hearing aids also offer more clarity to your hearing and hence more clarity and health to your life. When you invest in wearing hearing aids you should experience improved ease in listening environments and less interference from background noise. A survey of hearing aid users found that 71% of users believe they should have got their hearing aids sooner, because getting a hearing aid improved their social life, mental and emotional health, and performance at work – among other things.
Contact us at Hearing Aid Associates today and make it a resolution to have your hearing checked for the New Year so you can get on to the things you truly care about.