JULY 16, 2019
Did you know that the average person waits about 10 years before purchasing Hearing Aids?
You may not think this number is significant, but untreated hearing loss is linked to several chronic health conditions (i.e. social isolation, anxiety, depression, reduced cognitive ability, and dementia). When we wait 10 years, what we’re really doing is allowing our depression, our social anxiety, and our cognitive decline to fester and grow and turn into more serious problems over those 10 years. If left untreated and unaddressed, these symptoms will rob a person of life. If you have hearing loss, we don’t recommend that you wait. The price of hearing aids might be intimidating at first, but the cost may be greater if you decide to wait it out.
10 years may not sound like a long time, but in 10 years a person goes through their entire teenage life and finishes college. In 10 years, a person can go from being single, to being married, to being a parent of a 10 year old child. In 10 years, you can live what feels like an entire lifetime. In 10 years everything you think you know about life could change.
“No matter where you are right now, who you are, or who you are not, there is still a lot of life left to live.“
As an Audiologist, my goal to help patients live a full life and help them get back to doing the things they love. No matter where you are right now, who you are, or who you are not, there is still a lot of life left to live. Living looks different for everyone, but there are some things that are applicable to all of us regardless of what we like to do.
Depression will steal your joy. Social anxiety will prevent you from creating new memories and from building new life-giving friendships. Cognitive Decline will prevent you from being able to participate, from interact with the world in its full capacity, and from setting/achieving new goals. No matter who we are, these are things that we all need in order to live and in order to thrive.
When we fit a patient with hearing aids we are doing more than just fitting them with hearing aids. We are freeing them from the things that have restricted or confined them so they can be who they were made to be.
If interested in learning more check out the following links:
- Video: How Hearing Loss Affects Mental Health
- Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Loss in Brain Tissue
- Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Decreased Cognitive Activity
At Restoration Hearing we offer the following recommendations for championing the fight against hearing loss:
- Get your hearing tested once every 5 years (1x/year for those 65 and up).
- Learn about the risks for hearing loss.
- Invest in high-quality hearing protection and take steps to reduce your risk for developing hearing loss.
Thank you for taking time to read our blog post. Please stay tuned for our next post!
Dr. Michael P. Cleary, Au.D., CCC-A