Woman at the window looking out and feeling isolated from untreated hearing loss.

As we age, the probability increases that we will be dealing with hearing loss. Some degree of hearing loss is already impacting millions of people. But typically, seven years or more go by after the first symptoms appear before individuals get help.

Many older adult’s social life is negatively effected by ignored hearing loss. Warning signs include regularly asking friends and family members to repeat what they have said more slowly and loudly, as well as withdrawing from social situations because they find it difficult to communicate successfully.

You recognize your hearing is important. We’re empowered by our ability to hear. With it, we can hang out with friends, work, and communicate with people we love. It also keeps us safe and connected with the outside world. Our hearing even helps us relax. Sadly, we often take it for granted that we’ll always be able to hear.

So when your hearing diminishes, and if you’re like most people, it will, you’ll feel it emotionally and physically. It has an impact on your general quality of life. Hearing loss can even lead to feelings of separation.

This is why acknowledging early warning signs and getting help to find potential treatment solutions is critical. Fortunately, most kinds of hearing loss are treatable. If you’re struggling with hearing loss and are frustrated about missing important interactions, you should contact a hearing professional in your area immediately. These experts will help identify your level of hearing loss, and also whether your hearing, and general health, would benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Studies show that wearing a hearing aid can, for people suffering from age-related hearing loss, help lower the chances of social isolation by making communication in social situations easier. Connecting with friends, family, and co-workers becomes much easier for adults with hearing loss when they use hearing aids.

Mental health issues including memory loss, depression, failing mental cognition, and even the occurrence of Alzheimer’s have been connected to hearing loss in studies done by Johns Hopkins University. These health concerns can be avoided by managing hearing loss.

Communication is an essential part of personal relationships, especially with friends and family members. Hearing loss can result in miscommunication, frustration, and estrangement between family and friends.

Hearing loss also presents safety concerns. Using hearing aids will help you feel confident that you will be able to respond to essential sounds and alerts that happen in your daily life, including sirens, alarms, cell phones, oven timers, doorbells, car alarms, and horns, and other traffic sounds that indicate on-coming vehicles.

If you have errors at work and miss details it can have a significant impact on your wages but using hearing aids can help you tackle these difficulties.

Family members can be helpful to an older adult with hearing impairment, but it’s also crucial that the individual with hearing loss takes the first step. If hearing impairment is an issue for you, it’s time to get back to hearing all of those significant sounds in your life by taking a hearing assessment and committing to treatment (such as using your hearing aid daily). Ultimately, it’s essential to recognize that you aren’t alone. With help from family members, hearing professionals, and hearing aids, you can avoid feelings of separation and once again socialize with your valued friends and family members.

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