Hearing Loss Risk

Risk of Waiting

It’s tempting to wait, but here are three good reasons not to:

  1. Your brain will thank you for it The longer you wait, the harder it is for your brain to get used to hearing aids and to re-learn certain sounds. The sooner you start using hearing aids, the better chance you will give your brain to adapt and re-learn sounds you may not have been hearing for a while.
  2. Life’s better when you hear better Research from the National Council of Aging shows that when people begin to use hearing aids, they experience improvements in their lives, including their mental health, sense of independence, social life and, yes, even their sex lives.
  3. Hearing loss is linked with dementia Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging. Precise reasons aren’t yet known, but auditory deprivation may be an underlying cause. According to researchers, simply using hearing aids could help.

Risk of Health & Wellness

Your overall health and well-being can be directly linked to hearing health

  • Untreated hearing loss is linked to dementia and other cognitive disorders
    • Adults with mild loss 2x more likely to develop dementia
    • Adults with moderate loss 3x more likely to develop dementia
    • Adults with severe loss 5x more likely to develop dementia
  • Studies by the Better Hearing Institute report that Untreated hearing loss leads to:
    • 30{b676e0e7aa47035eac5948c3fc11068a21c70fe7f5fe217f53348e43d89d3461}-40{b676e0e7aa47035eac5948c3fc11068a21c70fe7f5fe217f53348e43d89d3461} greater decline in thinking abilities
    • 3-fold risk of falling
    • 32{b676e0e7aa47035eac5948c3fc11068a21c70fe7f5fe217f53348e43d89d3461} increased risk of hospitalization of older adults
    • Increased risk of dying for older men
    • Increased risk of depression while quality of life goes down

Risk of Losing Speech Understanding

  • The ability to detect spoken words is known as word recognition or speech discrimination. Loss of word recognition can occur when the brain receives fewer cues about the nature of sounds. Some of these sounds located in the higher frequencies are often the first levels of sounds to disappear.
  • A reduction in sound cues to the brain can result in impaired cognitive processing. When this occurs, your brain has difficulty translating sounds into recognizable words even in quiet environments. It is especially difficult discriminating speech in noisy situations.
  • Overtime it becomes increasingly more difficult for your ears and your brain to adapt and re-train themselves to hear and process sounds properly.
  • Early detection and treatment is important

Risk to Overall Well-being

The clearer we hear, the more we can make ourselves heard! Voices are our connection to the world and allow us to interact with friends, family and people around us. It’s our means of connecting as living beings. But ask yourself, what good is a voice if you can’t hear it?

Living life to the fullest includes focusing on your hearing health. It is all within your reach.