Have you heard? October is Audiology Awareness Month! That means there’s no better time to care for your hearing health.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss and are still on the fence about making the investment in hearing aids, consider the many benefits they have to offer, some of which we review below.
This may seem like an obvious one, but wearing hearing aids can improve your communication with those you love the most. In fact, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration lists the following benefits on their website:
- “You will be able to hear speech over the telephone more clearly.
- You will be able to communicate more easily with family and friends.
- Your ability to communicate may improve in noisy listening situations” like at J’s Bar and Grill.
Any couples’ counselor will tell you that the key to healthy relationships is good communication. So if you’re communicating better, it means your relationships will be stronger. You’ll be able to share inside jokes, talk about serious matters and share responsibilities better with hearing aids, and your partner will appreciate that you’ve taken steps to hear what they have to say.
The Better Hearing Institute surveyed 40,000 households and found that untreated hearing loss negatively impacted household income up to $12,000 per year. Fortunately, use of hearing aids was shown to mitigate this loss by 50%. This is likely because when you can hear and communicate with colleagues and clients well, your job performance improves, making you more eligible for raises and promotions.
Better Cognitive Health
Research by Johns Hopkins found that adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to experience cognitive decline and tend to experience significant impairment 3.2 years sooner than those with normal hearing. Possible reasons for this are the link between hearing loss and social isolation – a well-known risk factor for dementia – as well as hearing loss causing the brain to devote too much energy to processing sound, leaving less available for memory and thinking. Hearing aids can combat these risk factors.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, call Amarillo Hearing Clinic today.