As we get older, bouncing back from injuries or keeping energy levels up after a few late nights is not as easy as it was in our twenties. Being kinder to your body, from getting enough sleep to eating better, makes a world of difference. One thing you might have neglected to pay attention to when it comes to taking better care of yourself is your hearing health.
Hearing loss in older adults is more common than you think. Half of all Americans over 75 years old have a disabling hearing loss. For many, it would’ve started in their fifties as just a subtle loss in hearing, something which at the time was totally manageable without getting any treatment. But unfortunately, these small changes in hearing ability are signs of worse to come and can have a bigger impact on an individual’s quality of life than they may expect.
Untreated hearing loss takes its toll on all aspects of your life
Hearing loss can start with you finding it harder to follow conversations in a crowd or other situations where there is a lot of background noise. At first, you may be able to avoid these scenarios, but you may eventually find that your social life becomes quite restricted. Your working life will also be affected, as you miss key points in meetings or misunderstand conversations with colleagues or clients.
By the end of a whole day spent straining to understand people, headaches, frustration, and exhaustion will become commonplace. This can have knock-on effects on your relationships with your spouse, family, and friends; not only will communicating with them become harder, but fatigue and irritability may also leave you wanting to isolate yourself, even from those you love most.
From all of this, it isn’t hard to see how hearing loss can lead to depression. But there are also other effects on your brain to consider. As your brain gets out of the practice of processing a full range of sounds, it weakens. This means when you finally do get treatment and your brain starts receiving a full range of sounds, it will struggle to cope. This can leave you feeling tired and stressed as you try to adjust to sounds you haven’t heard in, perhaps, years. Studies have also linked untreated hearing loss with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Make a positive change
Whether you’ve noticed the first signs of hearing loss or are already suffering from a significant hearing loss, it is never too late to get help. At Concierge Hearing Aid Services, our hearing aid specialist, Wendy Meyer-Eberhard, will come to you so you can get a hearing test at home. Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, and Los Angeles are all part of Wendy’s service area. So don’t wait another day. Call Wendy now at 949-478-1254, and take the first steps towards getting the hearing care you need.