How can hearing aids change your life?
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. They do can do more than simply improve your ability to hear; they can have a lasting effect on your health and well-being.
Improved General Health
Those who utilize hearing aids see an improvement in their balance and a decrease in feelings of depression, anger and anxiety. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and physical injuries, specifically falls.
Expanded Emotional Health
Being able to hear again after living with untreated hearing loss gives patients renewed confidence and increased control over the events in their lives. Successfully communicating with loved ones has been linked to healthier and longer-lasting relationships. Using hearing aids can increase your confidence.
Greater Professional Success
Untreated hearing loss can make concentrating difficult, especially when communicating with others, and can lead to problems storing new information. A reduction in job performance and less monetary compensation has also been seen in patients who choose not to seek treatment for their hearing loss.
Why Are You Not Wearing Your Hearing Aids?
With the number of benefits associated with treating hearing loss, some still choose not to wear their hearing aids. Figuring out the root cause preventing you from wearing your expensive devices may help motivate you to address the problem.
Your Hearing Aid is Uncomfortable
Depending on the style of your hearing aid, there can be a number of connected pieces. An earmold that is too large for your ear can lead to soreness, and a loose wire can be uncomfortable. A properly fitted device should be almost unnoticeable. If your ears hurt by the end of the day, this can be fixed.
Your Hearing Aid Does Not Work
Hearing aids are exposed to harsh environments and can become clogged with debris or earwax. Oftentimes, a simple cleaning can get your device back to working order. Your hearing loss changes over time, just like your vision. The programming that may have been perfect for you a few years ago needs to be fine-tuned to better amplify your new degree of loss.
You Are No Longer Committed
Hearing aids only work if you wear them every day. Your brain needs to be reintroduced to sounds it has not heard in many years, and this requires time. Only wearing your hearing aid for “special events” such as church or a large family party will leave you discouraged.
Wearing your hearing aid is the best treatment for your hearing loss. Contact Albany ENT & Allergy Services to learn more.