Hearing loss often has complex consequences. Many facets of everyday life become increasingly more difficult. Conversations with loved ones, meetings, phone calls and watching TV can be particularly challenging. In many cases, people with hearing loss will withdraw and become socially isolated. Their quality of life diminishes noticeably.
Studies have shown that people with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids experience more sadness, fear and anxiety than hearing aid users. They reduce their social activities, become emotionally unstable and have trouble concentrating.
On the other hand, studies also show that hearing aid users experience a dramatically increased quality of life as soon as they start using a hearing aid. They maintain better family relationships, have more self-confidence and experience more independence and security.
If hearing loss is not corrected, it can result in physical issues such as tiredness or fatigue, headaches, vertigo and stress. The described symptoms are not always caused by untreated hearing loss, but they are observed in many cases. .
The newest digital hearing aid technology uses advanced algorithms to improve speech understanding in noisy environments, as well as directionality features to focus on the person you are interested in listening to. In addition to these improved speech enhancement qualities, the modern hearing aid technology also help to make life more convenient by offering Bluetooth capabilities for cell phone, mp3 player and t.v. streaming, as well as automatic T-coil for talking on a landline telephone. Some even have a voice indicator that tells you that your battery is going out or using your cell phone to act as a remote to change the settings on your hearing aids. Technology has certainly come a long way of providing convenient ways of improved hearing, thus an improved quality of life.
Dr. Nancy M. Wong, Au.D.
Audiology & Hearing Center of Tampa