Improved Relationships, Better and Longer-Lasting Cognitive Health
The Powerful Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss brings a number of challenges to your interpersonal relationships, your physical well-being, and your overall quality of life. Treating hearing loss is simple – it requires a hearing test. If a hearing loss is detected, then our team will work with you to find the best course of treatment. Below are just some of the advantages treating your hearing loss.
The psychological side effects of untreated hearing loss are well known; increased stress, anxiety and isolation, sometimes leading to serious depression. Social isolation, in particular, has been linked to an increased risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Being able to hear and communicate again can restore mental well-being and has been shown to increase contentment and happiness.
The most obvious, and perhaps most important, benefit of treating hearing loss is to maintain connections with the people in your life, from acquaintances and coworkers to those closest to you. Whether conducting a meeting at work, following a funny anecdote at dinner parties, or sharing a deep late-night talk with a loved one, all conversations are essential to making us feel connected.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased isolation and social withdrawal. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to avoid social settings, due to difficulties with communication. This could cause a strain on your most important relationships. Often, the hearing partner bears the burden of helping the hard-of-hearing partner understand what is being said to them, while at the same time struggling to communicate and enjoy activities with the person they love most. Treating hearing loss can help to repair the bonds in a relationship and restore those all-important channels of communication.
Improved Cognitive Health
Research shows that while untreated hearing loss accelerates cognitive decline, treating hearing loss can actually delay the onset of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. When it comes to hearing loss and the brain, the earlier you start to get treatment, the better.
Our ears keep us safe in a number of ways, from alerting us to a car coming around a corner to letting us know that the oven timer is beeping. Treating hearing loss with the use of hearing aids has been proven to increase personal safety both at home and out in the world. Improved hearing can even reduce the risk of falls and other accidents.