When you think of hearing loss, understandably, things you could be hearing come to mind. There are tons of activities that depend on your ability to hear like listening to an audiobook, enjoying music, communicating with family, knowing when the oven buzzer goes off or being warned of danger.
What you may not think about are all of the other things that you miss out on as your hearing declines. It happens so slowly you may not even notice at first, but as hearing loss progresses to takes its toll on many aspects of life.
Instead of focusing on the negative, what you lose, let’s hear what you can gain by treating your hearing loss. These are just seven life-altering benefits you’re missing if you have untreated hearing loss.
1. Better State of Mind
A recent study showed that untreated hearing loss can more than double a person’s risk of depression. Women under 70 were the worst hit. But all groups suffered similar increased risk.
Studies show that hearing loss increases social isolation, a profound loneliness that occurs when a person feels cut off from those around them.
But the simple act of wearing a hearing aid can reverse this, slashing the risk of depression, anxiety and social isolation associated with untreated hearing loss.
2. Staying Connected in the Community
With the hearing restored or better maintained, you can stay more involved with your community.
Do nights out seem less stimulating? Have you slowly stopped participating in book clubs, family get-togethers or sporting events?
Treating your hearing loss may be just what you need. When you can better hear and understand those around you, you feel more connected in your community. Socializing with other is more comfortable and more enjoyable.
3. Improved Self-Image
Many people who have untreated hearing loss feel bad when they have to ask people to speak up. They feel ashamed when they misunderstand. They feel like people are angry with them.
Over time all of this can contribute to a sense of being a burden. Self-worth declines and hopelessness can set in.
But when you get your hearing loss treated, something changes. You feel like yourself again. That confidence you once had returns. You can get back into the conversation and feel like a part of your world again.
4. Keep Doing What You Love
Even the most active seniors may find that hearing loss is making it harder to participate in hobbies, events, outings, and entertainment, especially if they involve socializing with people.
Getting your hearing loss treated means you can keep on doing the things that make you happy.
5. Optimal Physical Health
People who stay more connected socially stay physically healthier. They move more. They tend to have better blood pressure, blood sugar, flexibility and mobility.
On top of this, people who get their hearing loss treated are more likely to keep doctor’s appointments.
Are you suffering from untreated hearing loss? Your physical health could be paying the price.
Think your physical health is in decline and there’s nothing you can do about it? Getting your hearing loss treated could help reverse some physical health woes by merely making it easier to connect with people and take care of your health.
6. Retaining Cognitive Function
Untreated hearing loss nearly doubles dementia risk, including Alzheimer’s. As the part of your brain responsible for hearing becomes less active, it starts a chain reaction that leads other parts of the brain to become weaker.
To complicate matters, the social isolation associated with your hearing loss makes it harder to function in social settings.
You might find you can’t think clearly, lose track of the conversation or can’t remember something people are talking about.
Don’t miss out on retaining and making new memories. Keep your mind clearer. This is a benefit you would miss out on if you let your hearing go untreated.
7. A Support System
When you keep your hearing, it’s easier to keep a support system around you. This leads to happier, healthier days with the people you love.
Don’t let hearing loss take this benefit away from you.
Many people don’t realize that their hearing loss is severe enough to need treatment. Their mental state slowly declines. People start leaving. They don’t know why.
It’s never too early to get your hearing tested.
You can avoid missing out on these benefits by getting treatment now before the losses occur.