Hearing loss is rapidly becoming epidemic and there’s a good chance it already affects you or someone you love. The good news is that hearing aids have been shown to benefit some 80% of those people with hearing loss. The question many people ask is just how much improvement can I expect with hearing aids?
It’s hard to quantify exactly how much any one person will benefit from hearing aids because it depends on a number of factors including:
- Degree of hearing loss
- Hearing aid choice
- Correct fitting of devices
- How the aids are used
- Ongoing support
Audiologists usually rank hearing loss into four levels of severity: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. You don’t have control over the degree of your hearing loss but you can control your choice of hearing device and how you use your hearing aids.
And that can make all the difference to the way you adapt to wearing aids and how much improvement you experience. Getting the best performance out of your hearing aids starts with choosing the right audiologist; one who will give you the ongoing support you need.
You’ll be pleased to know that no matter how serious your hearing loss there is a hearing aid or device that can provide enormous hearing improvement. But hearing aids don’t only offer vastly improved hearing they can also transform your life with a wide range of health benefits as well as social and even financial advantages.
Hearing aids are exactly what the name suggests: they help people with hearing loss hear better. No, hearing aids can’t completely restore your hearing but they can transform the way you interact with the sounds around you.
Hearing aids can not only make sounds easier to hear in general but they can provide significant improvement in understanding the sounds you really need to hear. With modern hearing aid technology you can expect an enormous improvement in your ability to understand speech especially in challenging settings such as against background noise.
Hearing aids will also improve your experience listening to music, going to concerts or the theatre, or watching movies. Modern hearing aids such as the Starkey Livio AI seek to create perfectly natural sound so you can enjoy once more the sweet sounds of nature such as the birds or the ocean waves.
Modern connectivity turns modern hearing aids into complete communication centres allowing you to chat effortlessly on your Smartphone, connect directly to your entertainment centre for real fidelity sound quality, or hear the doorbell or smoke alarm.
Hearing aids can also improve your listening experience by screening out those annoying tinnitus noises. Studies indicate that at least 60% of tinnitus sufferers experience significant relief from their tinnitus symptoms when they wear hearing aids.
Better mental health
But hearing aids can improve your life in so many other ways too. Untreated hearing loss may mean you are up to five times more likely to develop dementia. The good news is that studies show that hearing aids can actively promote healthy brain function such as memory, processing speed, and spatial awareness.
Ignoring your hearing loss doesn’t only impact your cognitive abilities; it also puts your general mental health at risk. Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, loss of confidence, increased levels of irritation, and social isolation.
Take a step today towards better mental health and talk to your House of Hearing audiologist. We can help you choose the right hearing aid for your lifestyle and help you find the joy in life once more.
Better physical health
Untreated hearing loss can also have a serious impact on your physical health too. Research shows that workers with hearing loss take significantly more sick leave at work and take longer to return to work after an illness.
Struggling to hear on the job creates additional stress and fatigue for workers and seriously impacts their performance. Hearing loss may also indicate increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Thankfully, hearing aids can help uplift your physical health and add real sparkle to your performance levels at work and when you’re doing the things you love.
It’s hardly surprising that hearing loss can increase your risk of falls. Accidental falls impose a huge cost on our medical system. Falls, especially for the elderly, can lead to broken bones and even brain injuries. Such injuries often require very lengthy recovery periods and may even be fatal.
Studies now show that hearing aids can improve the sense of balance for those who suffer from loss of hearing. Hearing aids will give you an increased awareness of your surroundings as well as provide the brain with the information it needs to help you maintain your sense of equilibrium.
Hearing aids can also help you locate potentially dangerous sounds around you such as vehicles, cyclists and scooter riders. Hearing aids can help make you more confident and outgoing. If you find that you restrict your activities a little or are more nervous because of your hearing loss it’s time to put the balance back into your life.
Better hearing for all ages
And hearing loss no longer affects only the elderly. In fact, at least 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 years old. The WHO (World Health Organisation) even predicts a hearing-loss time bomb amongst the millennial generation. But regardless of your age, hearing aids can make an enormous difference to your hearing and your life.
Many major hearing aid manufacturers produce a wide range of hearing aids and assisted listening devices for young children. The enormous and ongoing improvements that hearing aids can provide for children’s socialisation and learning are extraordinary.
Check out the great range of hearing aids on offer at House of Hearing and experience the joy of vastly improved hearing.