1. Hearing connects us with people; have a hearing test if you are experiencing difficulties!
Expressing how we feel and communicating with our loved ones is largely a function of how we hear. Hearing keeps us connected with our friends, family and the lady behind the check-out at the grocery store! If you seem to have trouble conversing with your grandchildren lately, or you are convinced that the teenagers in your life mumble, it might be time to have a hearing test.
2. Hearing well keeps you active!
There is a common notion that hearing aids are just for the elderly which is simply not true! The Center for Disease Control in the United States reports that 5 out of every 1000 children have diagnosed hearing loss from ages 3-17 (1). Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Hearing well and treating hearing loss with hearing aids is important to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Research has shown that those with untreated hearing loss suffer higher incidences of depression, feel more isolated and dependent on others and participate less socially (2). Hearing loss can greatly affect how we interact with other people and the world around us. So, if it seems you have more trouble hearing lately, don’t hesitate to see your audiologist for a hearing test, you will be glad you did!
3. Hearing is important for your brain.
Believe it or not, the brain and your ears have a pretty close relationship! The auditory cortex is a part of the brain that processes speech and sounds from the environment. Untreated hearing loss means the brain loses access to sounds, and the brain will actually shrink (by an additional cubic centimeter per year to be exact) as those regions are not being stimulated. Research has also found that those with untreated hearing loss seem to have faster rates of cognitive decline as compared to their normal hearing counterparts. The good news is, that hearing aids seem to help! Research has shown that hearing aids may slow the accelerated decline,by 75% according to some studies. Hearing loss was also listed as the largest reversible risk factor in dementia prevention. (3,4,5,6,7)
4. Hearing tests are quick and often complimentary.
A thorough diagnostic examination of your hearing is much quicker than you think! An audiologist can gather a lot of information from a 15-minute examination, and they are often complimentary! If hearing loss is present, a hearing aid evaluation often follows where the audiologist will review suitable technology options and styles. Adults over 55 years of age would benefit from a hearing test, even if it is just to obtain a baseline of hearing.
5. Hearing aids are smart!
Hearing aids are small devices packed with technology. They can detect many sounds in the world around you and make automatic adjustments to optimize speech sounds and decrease noise! The more ‘high-end’ the hearing aid technology is, the better the hearing aid is at making adjustments. If technology interests you, hearing aids have a variety of apps you can connect to, they can act as streaming devices for cell phones (made for iPhone and android), and some have artificial intelligence capabilities you can adjust, all with the touch of a finger! The large, brown, clunky hearing aids of the past are just that, in the past!
If you have questions or are interested in learning more, call The Hearing Room. We are always happy to help! Better hearing is waiting for you!
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- Center for Disease and Prevention Control “Data and Statistics About Hearing Loss in Children” accessed from (May 6, 2019): https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/data.html
- Dalton, D., Cruickshanks, K., Klein, B., Klein, R., et al. The Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life in Older Adults.Gerontologist. 2003; 43 (5): 661-668
- Lin, F., Metter, J., O’Brian,. R. et al. Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia Arch Neurol. 2011; 68(2):214-220.
- Lin, F., Ferrucci, L., An, Y. Association of Hearing Impairment with Brain Volume Changes in Older Adults Neuroimage. 2014; (15); 90: 84–92.
- Amieva, H., Ouvard, C., Giulioli, C., et al. Self-Reported Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-Year Study 2015;63(10):2099–2104.
- Livingston,G., Sommerlad, A., Orgeta, V., et al. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care The Lancet Commissions. 2017; 390: 2673–2734.
- Bodkin, Henry “Hearing aids slow dementia by ‘75%’, new study finds” The Telegraph.2018; accessed from (May 6, 2019): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/10/11/hearing-aids-slow-dementia-75-new-study-finds/