2016 was a year to remember, but now it’s time to look forward and start thinking about this year and the new promises and possibilities that come with it! There are many resolutions involving health such as eating better, exercising more, and generally learning to de-stress. However one resolution that is often left out is hearing health and this may be one of the most important. Here are just a few reason why you need to make hearing health a priority this year.
Communication is incredibly important to us as human beings because we are dependent on other people for basic survival when we are little — this survival dependency is the core of our need for being a part of a group of other human beings. Our need for socializing is built in, so we pay a heavy price when that communication is cut off. Self-imposed isolation, which occurs when hearing declines and goes untreated, creates major problems because of the inherited physical and emotional need for social contact, approval, and support. Ignoring hearing loss, simply put, is bad for your relationships and communication skills which in turn is bad for your health.
Quality of Life
Many times individuals with hearing loss delay a decision to get hearing help because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to transform their lives. Research by the National Council of the Aging as well as many other studies have shown that hearing aids are clearly associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve many aspects of life such as earning power, intimacy in relationships, emotional stability, sense of control, mental functioning, and much more to increase quality of life.
Our ears consist of a complicated system and sometimes that system suffers from damage; when harm is done to any part of the ear the brain must work harder to compensate for the sounds the ears are no longer able to translate. The brain must work to fill in the gaps. Sometimes this extra effort the brain makes can be aggravating because it may take more time and energy to hear.
Just as the parts of the ear work together in a system, so do the ears work in conjunction with the brain. The ears and brain identify, adjust, and separate sounds that come from the world around you. When you are having a conversation it is your brain that helps you focus and separate noise that is irrelevant or unwanted. The technology that has been developed in hearing devices can help by maintaing the important details of speech, working as a filler to preserve the system of hearing, reducing the effort it takes to listen, and taking your personal preferences into account for day-to-day activities.
These are only a few reasons to make your hearing health a priority this year, however the list goes on and on. Do not let the unknown scare you from coming in and getting your hearing status checked. It’s never to early to find out how your hearing health is doing, call us today to set up a free hearing evaluation and start off 2017 right!
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