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Enhanced Hearing Center - Springfield, MO

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

As we get older, the probability increases that we will have to cope with hearing loss. Millions are coping with some amount of hearing loss. Regrettably, people experiencing hearing loss commonly wait seven years after the first symptoms show up before finding help.

Many older adult’s social life is negatively impacted by neglected hearing loss. Warning signs include regularly asking friends and family members to repeat what they said more loudly and slowly, as well as retreating from social situations because they find it hard to communicate effectively.

Obviously, hearing is essential. Our hearing strengthens us. Our hearing lets us communicate with our loved ones, get out with our friends, and go to work. It also helps us remain involved in the outside world and keeps us safe. Even your ability to relax is affected by your hearing. Unfortunately, we frequently take it for granted that we’ll always have strong hearing.

So when your hearing declines, and if you’re like most individuals, it will, you’ll feel it physically and emotionally. It has an impact on your overall quality of life. Isolation is also a big risk with hearing loss

This is why noticing early warning signs and seeking help to find possible treatment options is critical. Most types of hearing loss, luckily, can be treated. You should schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist if you find yourself frustrated about missing important conversations. Doing so will help you figure out if your type and degree of hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids.

For individuals who have age-related hearing loss, studies have shown that using hearing aids has lots of advantages, including improvements in the ability to hear in social scenarios and communicating with others. Interacting with friends, family, and co-workers becomes a great deal easier for adults with hearing loss when they use hearing aids.

Mental health problems including memory loss, depression, failing mental cognition, and even the occurrence of Alzheimer’s have been associated with hearing loss in studies done by Johns Hopkins University. Treating hearing conditions helps to avoid these health problems.

Communication is an important part of personal relationships, especially with family and friends Hearing loss can lead to miscommunication, frustration, and coldness between family and friends.

Hearing loss also creates safety concerns. Using hearing aids will help you feel confident that you will be able to respond to important sounds and warnings that occur in your day-to-day life, such as sirens, alarms, cell phones, oven timers, doorbells, car alarms, and horns, as well as other traffic noises that indicate on-coming traffic.

If you have errors at work and lose details it can have a major impact on your wages but using hearing aids can help you overcome these issues.

It’s crucial that the individual with hearing loss take the initiative and schedule a hearing exam, but family members can also be really helpful. If hearing impairment is an issue for you, it’s time to get back to hearing all of those relevant sounds in your life by getting a hearing assessment and committing to treatment (like wearing your hearing aid daily). Ultimately, it’s essential to acknowledge that you aren’t by yourself. You can avoid feeling isolated and get back to socializing with your loved ones with a little help from a hearing professional, hearing aids, and your friends and family.

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