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There’s nothing we love to share more than all the wonderful benefits of treating hearing loss. Hearing loss affects more than just our ears – hearing loss essentially affects the person we are. Hearing impairment has an impact on our relationships with our partner and our families, our personal safety, our cognitive and emotional health, and even our earning potential. Luckily, treating hearing loss has been shown to have a positive impact in these areas. Therefore, treating hearing loss also has the potential to affect the person we are – just in a much more beneficial way.
How Treating Hearing Loss Benefits our Relationships
Our relationships – whether they are our romantic relationship, our relationships with our kids or grandkids, or our relationships at work – all require quality communication in order to thrive. When hearing loss interferes with our ability to communicate, it can cause frustration, miscommunication, and a lack of connection.
It’s not hard to imagine why so many studies have also shown the impact of hearing loss in relationships. In 2009, over 1,500 people with hearing loss were surveyed about their hearing loss. Of the respondents, 44% said their hearing loss has caused their relationships to suffer, about one-third reported losing a relationship or friends due to their hearing loss and a staggering 69% reported that hearing loss has hindered their ability to take part in everyday conversations with family and friends (https://www.beattiegroup.com/work-plus/client-releases/till-deaf-do-us-part/). This study is not alone. In a similar studies where the partners of those suffering from hearing loss were surveyed, about half reported their relationship has suffered because of their partner’s hearing loss and 65% reported feeling annoyed by the loss (https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52619-The-impact-of-hearing-loss-on-relationships).
Hearing loss can definitely cause strain on our relationships. Luckily, hearing aids can truly help. Today’s hearing aids are packed with various power features to help make life easier, however, the prime features they almost all share is highly accurate speech recognition technology. This technology’s goal is to that make speaking with (and laughing with, and joking with, and living life with) the ones you love easier and more enjoyable.
How Treating Hearing Loss Benefits our Cognitive Health
Recently, there has been a large influx in the scientific community’s focus on hearing loss and cognitive health. It has been found that hearing loss increases one’s risk for developing cognitive decline and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Last year at the Alzheimer’s Association announced at their International Conference in London, that treating hearing loss was identified as the #1 most prominent modifiable risk for developing the disease (https://www.nextavenue.org/prevent-dementia/).
One of the most common questions we now receive is, “can hearing aids help prevent dementia”? Luckily, the scientific community is finding that this is also true. A recent study out of the United Kingdom found that although hearing aid users did still experience some cognitive decline, their decline happened at a much slower rate than those with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids.
There are two schools of thought as to why this might be. The first, is that when you start using hearing aids, your brain is not straining so much to hear. Straining to hear causes our brains to use precious energy on listening, that it could be used for more important tasks such as memory or problem solving. When hearing aids solve this problem, the brain can go back to using its energy more effectively. The second reason hearing aids may help is that they allow you to be more involved in your social relationships, and social isolation has long been a known risk factor for dementia.
How Treating Hearing Loss Benefits Overall Quality of Life
These are just two of the most important ways hearing aids can benefit your life. While relationships and cognitive health are paramount, it is important to remember that hearing aids has been shown to improve almost every area of one’s life, from their feelings of self-worth and safety, to happiness and life satisfaction. Recently, the Hear-It Foundation gathered and scrutinized almost every peer-reviewed study on hearing loss and quality of life published in Europe, the United States and Australia. The results were outstanding. It was found that across all studies across the world, hearing aids were shown to have a positive impact on a person‘s overall quality of life in multiple areas, with improved relationships being the most profoundly positively impacted area. The study also unearthed that there were actually no discovered negative outcomes of using hearing aids either. Just better, happier, and more fulfilled lives for people throughout the world who use hearing aids. (https://www.hear-it.org/hearing-aids-improve-quality-of-life).
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