It makes a lot of sense. Most of the time when something’s wrong, your body tells you.
Do you have indigestion? It’s probably something you ate. Your knees hurt? You may need to get those scanned to make sure it’s not bone on bone. Or maybe you just need some exercise.
Even when you get a headache, it usually started because you were letting stress get the better of you.
But what about your ears? If your eardrums don’t hurt and there’s no blood, can anything be that wrong?
Yes. Hearing works contrary to almost every other system in your body. When you have hearing loss, what’s not there becomes the warning sign rather than what is.
1. Hearing Nerves Are Very Sensitive, But You Can’t Feel Them
If you cut your finger, you feel it. The nerves in your finger warn you that you’re hurt. You may need a bandage or medical attention.
The cells in your inner ear where hearing takes place have a different job. Instead of sensing pain, they sense sounds in the form of sound waves.
They pick up these waves. The brain can then interpret these waves as sound based on their patterns.
Instead of sending a signal to the brain when something’s wrong, these cells are always sending signals to the brain when things are right.
The problem is that the signals begin to become distorted and then stop as hearing loss progresses.
2. It Happens Very Slowly
Hearing loss goes unnoticed for many years in most people. Because it progresses so slowly, people get used to it until it gets unbearable.
This means that people who could have slowed or stopped their hearing loss much younger missed that chance.
That’s why pain or no pain, symptoms or no symptoms, you’re never too young to have a hearing test.
Find out where you stand. If something you’re doing now will cause profound hearing loss within a few years, don’t you want to know about it?
Wouldn’t you choose to change that behavior if you knew?
2. It’s Not Reversible; But It Can Slow Down
When you cut your finger, the wound heals, in some cases without a scar. But when you damage your inner ear, it has no way to heal.
The tiny hair cells responsible for picking up sound slowly die when exposed to loud sounds or other trauma. Once these cells are damaged or die, the body doesn’t have a way to replace them.
That’s why age-related hearing loss is permanent.
3. There Are Very Good Solutions for Those with Hearing Loss
Doctors currently can’t restore natural hearing, but they can use wearable devices to control how sound enters the ear in order to improve the hearing experience drastically.
This technology has advanced at an astounding pace over the past several years. They’re often compatible with smartphones, smart TVs, and other devices.
It’s called a hearing aid. And these aren’t the devices you associated with your dad.
The good news is that when you have a hearing test, you can talk to the doctor about hearing solutions that can help you hear better and slow down further hearing loss.
4. It Impacts Relationships More than You Know
A lot of people with hearing loss, just try to deal with it. They tough it out. They don’t realize how untreated hearing loss can impact relationships.
Multiple studies have shown that arguments are more frequent for someone with untreated hearing loss.
This often leads to misunderstandings, estrangement and in some cases even divorce.
Keep family and friends close. Do it for yourself and those you love. Get your hearing tested and wear a hearing aid if you need one.
5. It Affects Overall Health More than People Realize
Many people also don’t realize that many of their health problems can also be attributed to their hearing loss.
People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to suffer from depression. They’re more likely to develop dementia, including the dreaded Alzheimer’s.
They have an increased risk of dangerous falls and other accidents.
Untreated hearing loss can ultimately take you away from the people you love and things you love to do because of health concerns.
But studies show that the simple act of getting a hearing test and wearing a hearing aid helps you stay healthy, active and feeling youthful longer.
Just because it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t mean nothing’s wrong. Get your hearing tested today.