Culturally speaking, a lot of the conversation surrounding hearing loss is exactly that—what is lost rather than what can be gained from treating hearing issues. For those with hearing loss, there are huge benefits to receiving hearing technology including increased social interaction, improved family connections, and higher workplace productivity. This is because hearing difficulties affect more than just what we hear, the inability to communicate properly is connected to everything we do in our daily lives.
A study recently published in 2018 by the Journal of Public Health examined the relationship between hearing loss and the use of health services and well-being. According to the co-author of the study Ciaran O’Neill, “There is emerging evidence of a relationship between hearing impairment and a range of outcomes related to cognition, depression and other aspects of mental health.” The study found that hearing loss was linked to problems with independency, mobility, and memory and also illustrated that hearing aids helped indirectly with cognition, memory, and mental health. Several other studies over the years have shown a correlation between declining hearing health and declining overall health. It is time we acknowledge the tie between mental health and hearing health.
This being said, there are really two ways to look at hearing loss. On one side, it can be dangerous to overlook hearing difficulties and this can be disappointing because it feels like we already have enough to worry about health-wise in this era of constant information. There is a brighter side though, the other way to look at it is that there is a possible solution to so many issues that millions of people deal with every day. Instead of pushing against well thought out problem solving ideas, we should be embracing new advances in technology and that includes hearing aids.
Many people still have no idea the kind of impact that hearing aids have on mental well being. We are here to tell the world that we have seen it with our own eyes. Hearing technology continues to improve the lives of our customers every single day. Humans are social beings and when the ability to communicate is taken away a huge part of what makes us happy is impeded. A lot of the time, people put off getting hearing help because they are in denial or feel that hearing aids just aren’t for them. We want to tear down the taboo of hearing aids and declare to the world that hearing technology is about so much more than just improving hearing. It is about getting your life back, restoring your relationships, and improving your overall well being!
Do not spend another day straining to hear your loved ones speak or struggling to hear your favorite show on the television. Come in to see us and we will set you up with a free hearing evaluation. It is never too early to get answers and it is never too late to gain back what you thought you had lost. At Wesson Hearing Aid Center our mission is to help each and every person who walks through our door hear better, so schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to meet you!