Hearing and the Holidays
Untreated hearing loss can have a significant impact on both the sufferer of hearing loss and their loved ones during the holidays. On average people wait 7 years to do anything about their hearing loss. During those years it is common to become more isolated, sedentary, and depressed.
The good news is that hearing loss is a treatable condition. By wearing hearing aids that are appropriately prescribed and fit by an Audiologist, the vast majority of people can see a significant improvement in their hearing and their quality of life. Here are just a few of the improvements you can expect to see if you take the leap and treat your hearing loss this holiday season.
Better Family Relationships
According to a large survey conducted by hear-it.org, people who treat their hearing loss enjoy happier marriages and stronger relationships with their family. Especially during the holidays when large groups of people are coming together to celebrate, untreated hearing loss can become a major impediment. Individuals with hearing loss have a notoriously difficult time hearing in noisy situations. Modern hearing aids filter out background noise so that you can be a part of the conversation again.
Everybody is familiar with the stereotypical old person who can’t hear, sitting at the table quietly eating their meal with their head down while everyone around them is talking and laughing. Over time, people with hearing loss tend to habituate. Not hearing well becomes the status quo and they begin to isolate themselves and disengage from group situations. However, with improved hearing it is possible to be part of the group again.
Better Health for Years to Come
Recent research from Johns Hopkins University has found a strong link between untreated hearing loss and dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. Further research suggests that by wearing hearing aids it may be possible to ward off the effects of cognitive decline for years, or even decades. In addition, people with hearing loss that wear hearing aids are less likely to fall or be hospitalized than their unaided peers. That means by investing in hearing aids you are also investing in happy, healthy holidays for years to come
Dr. Brad Stewart is the owner of ClearLife Hearing Care, a house call audiology service that provides in-home hearing testing and hearing aid services for much of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.