Anyone that does not have hearing loss may think that people are living in denial when they do not realize their hearing has failed. The typical patient that eventually visits their doctor for a hearing test often experiences the loss so gradually that they are unaware of the problem until it has become severe.
Many do not realize how much of a conversation they miss or how loud they are turning up the TV or the radio. Those that do know but fail to seek assistance because they do not want to wear a hearing device are only harming themselves because there is a lot to gain from hearing correctly again.
Improve Personal Relationships
People with hearing loss often stop going to the movies because they miss so much of the dialogue. Conversations while dining out become impossible because the background noise drowns out the people sitting closest. Others become frustrated when they must repeat themselves all the time and may give up entirely. Even something as simple as watching TV as a couple or a family could become impossible.
Boost Earning Potential
A study recently determined that people with hearing deficiencies that remain untreated earn less than those who correct the issue. Workers are held back in their careers in many ways. Some cannot use the latest technology because of their hearing challenges, they may contribute less in meetings and conversations, and they may seem to be ignoring others when their lack of response is just because they did not hear someone speaking to them.
Reduce Additional Problems
Over time, hearing aids help to decrease the atrophy in the brain’s auditory areas. When the hearing is not corrected, the atrophy happens faster and the hearing worsens. Hearing loss also causes anxiety and insecurity because people do not feel confident about their ability to perform well at work or in social situations. People with untreated hearing disorders also more likely to suffer from depression than the general population.
Many modern hearing devices are practically invisible, and most users quickly adapt to using them. The improvement is immediate, and the change is often so dramatic that people wonder why they waited to get help. Hearing tests are fast and painless, and most of the expenses for the test and the device are covered by medical insurance plans.