Better Hearing Equals Better Health

Evan Gold April 1, 2012 0
Better Hearing Equals Better Health

Everyone knows that when you hear better, it’s easier for both you and those you communicate with. But did you know that hearing better actually makes you healthier?

Several studies have shown that untreated hear- ing loss has several negative affects on your overall health and well-being.

In 1990, the National Council on Aging found that people with untreated hearing loss are more likely to be isolated, depressed and report a generally lower than average sense of health and well being.

When we have an untreated hearing loss, we tend to retreat over time. We avoid social engagements, answering the telephone, watching TV and are less likely to want to go out to restaurants or anywhere else that might have background noise. We begin to rely on others, usually loved ones, to translate mis- understood or missed conversations.

Many symptoms of early stages of dementia are similar to untreated hearing loss.

  • Confusion
  • Irritation
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Isolation

In 1996, the University of Florida found similar results, but also determined that those who took the step to get evaluated and treated with appropriate hearing technology actually reversed these negative health trends.

Correcting your hearing loss opens the world back up to you. You reclaim your confidence, im- prove your social life and regain enjoyment with conversations, television, movies, music and tele- phone use.

How many people really have hearing loss? A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins University found that more than 6 out of 10 people age 70 and higher have hearing loss. The latest information reports that ap- proximately 37 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.

The longer you wait to correct your hearing loss, the more you increase the chance of having perma- nent nerve damage. The old adage “use it or lose it” couldn’t be more true than with your hearing. Once nerve function is lost, so is your ability to understand sounds correctly. Amplification stimulates the nerve function and allows for not only increased volume that your ears need, but also improves the clarity of sound.

Having your hearing evaluated and treated now is the first step in making sure your golden years are happy, healthy and productive.

For more information on hearing loss and hearing correction, or to schedule a complimentary hearing evaluation, visit or call 727-822-2132.

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