Hearing Loss – The Importance of Early Detection

Are you suffering from hearing loss? You’re not alone! According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, it’s the nation’s third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages, but is most prevalent in adults, affecting 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65.

What’s surprising is that hearing loss is more common than vision loss. Most of us are quick to see an eye doctor when we’re experiencing blurry vision. Yet, studies show that Americans wait an average of 7 years before seeking help with their hearing. Could you imagine waiting 7 years before seeing an eye doctor? Think about all the sights you’d miss.

Well, it’s the same for hearing! You miss a lot of life when your hearing is compromised. And like eye glasses, the best time to get a hearing aid is at the first signs of hearing loss.

Hearing aids stimulate the nerve endings so the brain gets the correct message. If the brain has gone a long time without receiving the right message, it forgets about it. While we have made incredible advancements with hearing aids they can only treat so much of a hearing loss. Their main function is to help make sound come in loud and clear. Just because the sound is amplified doesn’t always mean we can make the brain understand what it is hearing. Sounds are comprised of both low tones and high tones known as frequencies. Higher tones are where the consonants are and the lower tones consist of vowels. Oftentimes people have a harder time hearing high frequencies, which unfortunately, is where much of our understanding of speech takes place.

Hearing loss is now linked to Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

According to several major studies, older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, compared to those with normal hearing. The risk escalates as a person’s hearing loss grows worse. Those with mild hearing impairment are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those with normal hearing. The risk increases three-fold for those with moderate hearing loss, and five-fold for those with severe impairment. Specifically, the risk of dementia increases among those with a hearing loss greater than 25 decibels.

If your brain has gone a long time without hearing these tones, your brain forgets how to process them, which in turn affects word recognition. This is why it is important to treat your hearing loss at the earliest stages so we can preserve better hearing for life!

Protect your Ears

Are you constantly turning up the volume on your TV or music? If so, this can cause even more damage to your hearing. With hearing aids, you can enjoy your entertainment at a much lower volume and protect your ears!

Live in the Now

We tend to take for granted what we have until it begins to slip away from us. The ear is a wonderful and complex organ responsible for creating many of our most cherished memories. To hear means to be present, to live each moment fully, surrounded by those we love. Life’s too short to not connect with your loved ones. When it’s difficult for someone to understand what people are saying, they are more likely to disengage from social activity, which, studies have shown, can leave them feeling isolated and depressed.

There’s no getting around the fact that quality hearing aids are expensive. Some insurance plans may cover a partial cost of the devices, but for most people, hearing aids are paid for out-of-pocket. Since mild hearing loss is usually much cheaper to correct than more severe cases due to the technology involved, your wallet benefits from acting early! Don’t wait to purchase hearing aids – your wallet will thank you!

Addressing hearing loss as soon as you notice it can also benefit your work performance.

Think of all the important details in meetings you’d miss if you can’t hear well, and how that would impact your performance. Is the cost of hearing aids worth more than losing your job or missing a promotion? On the flip side, better hearing can boost performance, so you can work longer and be more productive. Would you like to improve your hearing and your quality of life?

If you have think that you have a hearing loss, Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™today at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.

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