This year’s World Hearing Day fell on March 3rd, but the key messages are so important, we feel they should be shared constantly—not just for one day!
Although good hearing is something many of us take for granted, decreased hearing and deafness can greatly impact the quality of life of those effected, as well as their loved ones. Our purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of hearing care across the world and prevent hearing loss.
Here are a few reasons why experts believe it is important to incorporate hearing health practices such as regular hearing check-ups at HearingLife into your own, or your loved ones, wellness routine.
Improved Social Connection
Interaction with other people is one of the seven dimensions of wellness. And if you’ve ever had a loved one experience hearing loss, you have witnessed how reduction in hearing can impact relationships. A once gregarious and outgoing grandparent may become withdrawn and disconnected from others when their hearing declines, as they aren’t able to participate in conversations at gatherings with friends and family. Loved ones may begin to feel frustrated when attempting to communicate with a person who is experiencing hearing loss as they become tired of having to speak loudly or repeat themselves. Preventing hearing loss, or treating it, can have a huge positive impact on a person’s relationships as well as their overall well-being.
Decreased Risk for Depression
Social isolation resulting from hearing loss can lead to feelings of unworthiness, decreased self-esteem, frustration, anger and depression in people of all ages. The good news is, nobody has to live with impaired hearing. Hearing aids can drastically improve a person’s quality of life. To learn more about the options available to you or your loved one, book a consultation with HearingLife today.
Decreased Risk of Mental Health Issues
A study at John Hopkins University tracked 639 adults for 12 years and found that the risk of mental health related issues doubled with the presence of mild hearing loss. Participants with moderate hearing loss were three times more likely to develop dementia than those who did not experience hearing loss. Those who had severe hearing loss were five times more likely to have experience mental health related issues. In brain scans, the researchers found that decreased hearing could cause the brain to atrophy. The reduction in social connection associated with hearing loss could also be linked to mental health issues, the researchers say.
Improved Physical Safety
This inability to hear properly can put people of all ages at risk for physical harm at home, or when out and about. Not being able to hear a fire alarm, a car horn or a doctor’s instructions could have dire consequences, as could not being able to effectively communicate medical symptoms to a professional.
Are you or a loved one experiencing hearing loss, or do you want to prevent hearing loss from occurring? Make today, the day you take a step toward better hearing health, and overall wellness, by booking a FREE hearing aid trial with HearingLife online or by calling the toll free number at 1-844-292-2692.