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The High Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss
Are you thinking of putting off treating your hearing loss? Turns out, that’s probably not a great idea.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) conducted a study of more than 2000 hard-of-hearing adults and about 1700 of their family members. In its report, the NCOA concluded that, “untreated hearing loss was associated with increased anger, frustration, paranoia, insecurity, instability, nervousness, tension, anxiety, irritability, discontentment, depression, and fear.”
The study also found that, “in comparison with people who have sought help for their hearing loss, those with untreated loss were more likely to be self-critical, feel a sense of inferiority, suffer from social phobias, and be perceived by others as confused, disoriented, or unable to concentrate.”
Untreated hearing loss has also been associated with early dementia, balance issues resulting in a greater number of falls, and increased hospital admissions.
The social implications of untreated hearing loss are often profound including more stressful marriages, damage to other important relationships and impaired job performance. Social isolation results when hearing loss makes normal conversation difficult or impossible.
Waiting to treat any health problem is never a good idea.
Hearing Aid FAQ
Can hearing aids be programmed?
Hearing aids are programmable. They can “remember” different settings for each listening environment in your life and you can switch to the appropriate one depending on sound input received from your surroundings. Some hearing aids automatically store data regarding which setting you prefer in certain situations.
Do I need two hearing aids?
If you have a problem hearing in both ears (and that’s the rule not the exception) then 99% of the time you’ll need two hearing aids.
Are there hearing aids that can get wet?
Water resistant hearing aids do allow you to swim and shower while wearing them. What’s more, water resistant hearing aids are robust enough, and secure enough in the ear that people who perspire heavily, are active in sports (like running or skiing or playing tennis) or who garden or work in dusty environments can wear them as well.
Will hearing aids help me?
If you have an aid-able hearing loss, meaning you have some hearing left to work with then the answer is yes. How much it will help will depend on a whole host of factors including:
- How long you waited to do something about your problem.
- How you lost your hearing.
- Your overall health.
Does everyone who needs hearing aids wear them?
Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. Put another way, 4 out of 5 people are suffering needlessly.
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The State of Technology
Are All Hearing Aids Alike?
Hearing aids are a solution to a problem that roughly 33 million Americans face every single day: the inability to hear what they want to hear.
The most primitive hearing aids simply amplify sound. The problem with them is that they tend to distort sounds. Voices—including your own— sound artificial. Noises around the house become abrasive. They often become irritating and go unworn.
Well-crafted and well-tuned hearing aids fit beautifully. They make voices, including your own voice, sound natural. And most importantly, they help you feel like you’re part of the world again. If you wear them faithfully, you soon forget you even have them in.
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The social implications of untreated hearing loss are numerous and often profound. These include impaired job performance, increasingly stressful marriages and damage to other important relationships. Frequently others mistake the effects of hearing loss for mental deterioration, confusion, aloofness, and social isolation when hearing loss makes normal conversation difficult or impossible. Most hearing loss doesn’t happen overnight. Here is a quick little quiz that can help to determine if it’s time to get your hearing checked. Count the number of “yes” answers. Scroll down to see an interpretation of the results.
We’re glad you decided to read a little bit about hearing loss and hearing aids. We understand that this is a big step for many people. We hope the information provided on these pages helps you understand that there is a solution to the problem.