One hearing loss affects many
When someone starts losing their hearing, it has a big impact on their lives. But it also impacts the lives of those closest to them.
It can be difficult to watch an active, engaged member of your family change into someone different – especially in social situations. Even simple, everyday situations such as watching TV together can be uncomfortable because the volume needs to be very high.
Hearing loss affects a vital part of our lives – our interactions with other people. It may take years for most people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action, but dealing with hearing loss does not need to be overwhelming. With your help, it could be a different story for your loved one.
Even though hearing loss makes essential social interactions harder, few people like to talk about it. In fact, it can take years for most people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action. With your help, it could be a different story for your loved one.
Recognizing hearing loss
The older we get, the more likely we are to experience a hearing loss. In fact, over 5% of the world’s population experience some degree of hearing loss. Oddly enough, the person with hearing loss is often the last one to realize.
Treating hearing loss is essential
Experienced hearing aid users agree that there is so much to gain by treating hearing loss early – and so much to lose if they wait too long. For example, nerves that are essential for hearing lose their ability to transmit sound to the brain if they are not stimulated. So the longer someone waits to get a hearing aid, the longer it will take to hear well again.
Benefits of treating hearing loss
Relationships rely on good communication. Hearing loss puts a strain on them, and using hearing aids helps restore full communication again. Plus, people who wear hearing aids enjoy even more benefits:
- Cognitive Skills
Studies show that seniors with hearing loss are more exposed to dementia, but by using hearing aids they can improve their cognitive skills.*
Using hearing aids to bring back the gift of sound can improve one’s sense of control and self-confidence.
Hearing loss can make people feel frustrated or alone. Restoring the ability to engage socially and live confidently will boost quality of life.
Untreated hearing loss affects the ability to communicate effectively, which in turn can affect job performance and earnings.
*Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Addressing Hearing Loss Proves Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee. Accessed May 2015.
How you can help
Does someone you know have hearing loss?
Here are a few ways you can offer your support:
- Let them know you care
- Offer to make an appointment with a hearing care professional and join them if they wish
- Remind them that hearing loss treatments have a high success rate. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain
- Help them search online for “hearing aids” and show them how small and powerful hearing aids are
- Above all, be understanding and patient – and never give up hope
Source: GN Resound