It may surprise you how common hearing loss is – nearly 48 million people throughout Nevada and around the country are currently experiencing it. Yet, only about 20 percent of those who could benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually use one. Why?
Price is a large factor. Since hearing aids typically cost a few thousand dollars, it can be hard to justify the cost. But it turns out that hearing aids can do more than simply improve your ability to hear. Below are your Reno audiologist’s top four reasons why you should invest in your hearing health. Your Reno is here to tell you why you should.
Improved General Health
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to a number of complications, including feelings of depression, anger and anxiety; hearing loss has also been linked to an increase in cognitive decline and physical injuries, specifically falls. This should be taken seriously as falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.
Those who treat their hearing loss typically see an improvement in their balance.
Improved Quality of Life
A study conducted by Better Hearing Institute (BHI) surveyed 2,000 individuals with hearing loss. The researchers found that in addition to seeing improvements in their ability to communicate, those who used a hearing aid saw an increase in their:
- Sense of Humor
- Mental Health
- Emotional Health
- Physical Health
- Sense of Safety
- Feelings about Self
- Sense of Independence
- Work Relationships
Improved Emotional Well-being
Untreated hearing loss can drastically decrease your independence, as you constantly have to rely on others to help you navigate the world. Getting a hearing aid can help you regain your independence and sense of control. They can also reduce periods of social isolation and lead to healthier and longer-lasting relationships.
Your Reno audiologist confirmed that patients who choose to use a hearing aid to treat their hearing loss have higher self-esteem and quality of life than those who don’t.
Improved Professional Success
Untreated hearing loss can make concentrating difficult, especially when trying to communicate with others. It can lead to reduced job performance and less monetary compensation.
In addition, new research suggests that untreated hearing loss may make learning new things harder, which can lead to problems storing new information.
Now that you have the facts, do you feel any differently? If you have decided that getting a hearing aid is a small price to pay for these great emotional, physical and professional improvements, what are you waiting for? Contact your Reno audiologist today to get started.