You might think that neglecting your hearing health will only result in one very obvious thing—hearing loss. But what does that hearing loss mean for your life? Many people think “Well, it would be frustrating not to be able to hear, but it won’t hurt my health.” This could not be further from the truth. There are negative side effects to losing your hearing beyond not being able to hear what is going on around you.
Breakdown of your Brain
Brain atrophy is the loss of neurons and the connections between them. When these connections stop firing, your brain will not be working to its fullest potential. When this happens, it can be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
New studies show that dealing with your hearing loss by protecting your ears and using hearing aids will reduce your risk of brain atrophy and the accompanying Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Your hearing is one of the things that keeps you balanced as you move around in life. When you experience untreated hearing loss, you may be at a much greater risk for falling. The older you are, the more likely you are to have hearing loss. At a certain age, a fall can substantially change the quality of your life forever. The use of hearing aids can help to keep you from serious injury.
Many times hearing loss results in depression, due in large part to social isolation. People with hearing loss can find social functions challenging; they cannot carry on a conversation, because they can’t hear the person they are speaking with thanks to background noise interference. They feel silly asking people to repeat themselves.
Phone conversations also become more and more difficult. Human beings need to interact with other human beings. Lack of social interaction results in depression, which can result in less exercise, poor eating habits, and a decline in overall health.
Diminishing Job Performance
Almost all jobs require some type of interaction with other people. As we discussed, people with hearing loss may start to become more and more uncomfortable in social interactions because they cannot always keep up with a conversation.
If your position requires you to speak with customers, you could start to lose business to miscommunications. Poor job performance can also lead to depression and a decline in quality of life.
Listening is hard. Ask any parent of a toddler asking non-stop questions! Listening fatigue is a real thing. It takes an actual physical effort to listen. Imagine if you had to double your effort to listen because you are suffering from hearing loss. Rather than make your brain and your body work twice as hard to listen all day long, the use of hearing aids can reduce this issue and leave you feeling less exhausted.
There are many reasons people do not want to treat their hearing loss. The biggest reason, though, is the embarrassment. They think people will automatically label them as “old” if they start to wear hearing aids.
In truth, the age of the big clunky hearing aids of your grandparents is gone. Sleek new technology gives wearers the look of wearing headphones or earbuds— that is if you can even see the hearing aid at all.
Hearing aids used to be cost prohibitive as well, but thanks to Virtual Hearing Solutions, you don’t even have to go to the doctor to get your hearing aids anymore. Our FREE online hearing test can tell you if you are suffering from mild to substantial hearing loss.
Our online audiologists can help you to choose hearing aids that will be sent directly to your home. You’ll be able to try on, adjust, and wear the hearing aids for the first time in the privacy of your own home. For more information on how you can treat your hearing loss, call our team today!