Hearing Loss and Health
Hearing and Whole Health
Nothing is more important than your health, and while hearing may seem like a small or insignificant component, in reality our hearing is related to many aspects of our overall health. Caring for our hearing is an important step to ensuring complete and overall health for our minds and our bodies.
Did you know that bone health, blood pressure, body weight, heart health, vision, balance, energy level, emotions, and comprehension are all correlated with your hearing health? Some conditions can be caused by hearing health issues, and other conditions can themselves lead to hearing problems. For example, smoking can increase the chances of hearing loss by 70%, while those with a higher than normal blood sugar level have a 30% higher risk of experiencing hearing difficulties. There are even some medications that can lead to hearing loss – over 200 in fact.
On the flip side, positive heart health, a healthy diet, and strong vision can be preventative when it comes to hearing loss.
When your hearing is compromised, so is your overall safety, comprehension, and emotional well-being. Those with hearing loss are much more susceptible to balance issues or falls.
Difficulty with hearing can cause confusion and has been correlated with increased or accelerated dementia. Often, hearing struggles result in feelings of isolation or depression, as social interactions become increasingly challenging. Taking care of our hearing is a key step to ensuring overall health. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one positive way to protect your hearing. Similarly, modern hearing technology can help to prevent or correct numerous hearing health issues that we experience. Since hearing issues can be connected with other health issues, it is important to not ignore the symptoms. Rather, have your hearing evaluated and start the process towards optimal health!
Hearing and Vision
When it comes to our five senses, many of us would consider our vision and hearing to be the most vital. Much of our quality of life is impacted by our ability to see and hear. However, these two senses are not equal in how their deficiencies impact us. While the thought of vision problems may seem scarier, for many vision issues, solutions are more straightforward than those required for hearing loss.
Obtaining glasses, using contacts, and even Laser repair are now commonplace corrections that can significantly improve vision. With vision, the measurement of your deficiency and eye shape can often give an eye doctor the exact specifications he needs to correct the loss. Hearing, however, is a much more complex system and therefore requires more customization to deliver great results.
One key difference between hearing and vision loss is that generally hearing can only be improved rather than completely restored. The hair cells of the inner ear cannot be regenerated and, therefore, once damaged, are unable to be restored. This is where hearing aids come in and assist in amplifying sound— and much more.
Another complexity is that hearing aids must work together with your brain to determine which sounds you are trying to hear. The longer you experience hearing loss without the help of a hearing device, the more out of practice your brain becomes at deciphering sounds, which increases your hearing difficulty. This is why early detection is key with hearing loss. The sooner you begin using hearing aids, the better your brain will be at deciphering sounds.
With modern hearing devices, there are many factors and modern features to consider. Because today’s devices are not just amplifiers and instead utilize complex signal processing algorithms that are the product of hundreds of engineering years of study by each manufacturer, it is important to try a variety of manufacturers and technology levels to see what is best for you. The Hearing Aid Test Drive™ was developed to let you do just that – experience the benefits of different devices in your daily life so you can determine what brings you the most value.
With the Test Drive, you’re in the driver’s seat and taking an active role in your hearing health and choosing the best solution for you. We’re just here to guide you through the process with our professional expertise.
The Cost of Untreated Hearing loss
Healthcare is expensive. Even living a healthy lifestyle can sometimes feel costly as you compare things like organic foods to conventional or processed ones. However, when it comes to our health, we need to think long-term. A less expensive and less healthy lifestyle now may result in greater health costs in the future. This is true for hearing health as well.
On average, people with hearing loss wait approximately seven years before addressing their hearing needs. Can you imagine waiting that long to address any other chronic health issue? It would be unhealthy and potentially life-threatening.
According to studies published by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, those who do not treat their hearing loss end up spending close to 50% more on health care costs and hospital stays than those without hearing loss.* The deductibles and associated real costs can far surpass the costs of a hearing solution today.
The ability to communicate effectively and correctly with healthcare providers concerning any health issue is vital to your overall health and to prevent recurring issues or readmittance to hospitals (another common side effect of untreated hearing loss). Clear hearing means clear communication.
Taking steps today to address your hearing needs could vastly decrease additional health issues, side effects, and health costs throughout the years to come. Take a long view of your hearing health and get your hearing tested today to improve your quality of life now and prevent problems tomorrow.