Hearing loss is a fairly common phenomenon among American adults, yet only about 20% of those suffering from hearing damage are using any type of hearing aid.
Hearing aids are not cheap: they are an investment in not only your life now, but your life in the future as well. Hearing aids are often not covered by insurance plans or government assistance and can cost several thousand dollars. But before you shrug off hearing aids and tell yourself you don’t really need them, consider a few things.
Hearing Devices Are Shown to Improve General Health
Hearing loss has been linked to other physical maladies such as heart disease. So paying attention to your hearing health could literally save your life.
Besides being linked to disease, hearing decline can cause other factors, like social isolation and anxiety when trying to communicate with others, which can lead to depression and anger.
Hearing loss is also strongly linked to cognitive decline, probably because of the decrease in stimuli to the brain. Hearing loss, which may be caused by an imbalance in inner ear fluids, can also be linked to issues with balance, causing falls and injury.
Hearing Devices Are Shown to Improve Emotional Well-Being
Hearing loss may affect interpersonal relationships. Communicating and understanding others can become a struggle, and those with hearing loss may become socially isolated as a result.
When you get your hearing back, you get your relationships back.
When a person has hearing loss, they can have more trouble navigating the world on their own, making them more dependent on others. This dependence can lead to feelings to depression because they feel out of control of their own lives.
When you get your hearing back, you get your independence back. You get your life back.
Hearing Devices Can Improve Quality of Life
You may think that hearing loss is a minor inconvenience that you can overcome on your own. But hearing loss can lead to more difficult communication, which can affect relationships.
When getting a hearing aid for the first time, those who had been struggling with hearing loss quickly find an increase in areas of their lives they didn’t expect, such as their sense of humor, sense of safety, self-confidence, physical health, work relationships and romantic relationships.
Still think hearing aids aren’t worth the investment?
Hearing Devices Can Increase Professional Success
If all these benefits aren’t enough, people struggling with hearing loss that invest in hearing aids also see improved professional success.
When communication is difficult overall, it is even more difficult in a work environment. This can result in reduced job performance and even a drop in pay.
And since hearing loss can also influence cognitive decline, making new things harder to learn, this can make your job even more difficult.
In fact, not investing in hearing aids may actually cost you money overall if it affects your job performance!
Here at California Hearing Center we are committed to your hearing health. Call us today to set up an appointment for a hearing screening. We can discuss hearing aid options with you and work with you to find one that fits your budget.