Happy Halloween to our readers! Not only is it Halloween today, but it is the last day of National Audiology Month. Ghouls, goblins and witches may be scary, but here at Earlens, we find untreated hearing loss to be spooky too. So, we are wrapping up National Audiology Month with 4 reasons to treat hearing loss.
Your Relationships: The ability to hear and communicate is important to your connections with friends and loved ones. Not surprisingly, a study by the Hear-the-World foundation found 73% of those surveyed believed their relationship with their family had improved since they started wearing a hearing aid. Moreover, 78% claimed that their hearing aids have had a positive effect on their relationship with friends and made communal activities more enjoyable again.
Your Quality of Life: A large study conducted on the impact of hearing aids on quality of life found that hearing aid wearers were more likely to engage in activities involving other people and participate more in organized social activities.
Your Mental Health: Hearing impaired people with hearing aids report greater self-confidence, self-esteem and better ability to communicate. On the flip side, recent research has linked untreated hearing loss to dementia in older adults.
Your Physical Health: It is important to be able to hear medical instructions from our doctors, and warning signs, like a smoke detector or a car backing up toward us. So, hearing is a key component in safety. In addition, your ears play a key part in your balance. Studies have shown that even a mild hearing problem can increase someone’s risk of falling by threefold.
Even if you already have a hearing aid, it’s important to make sure that you’re hearing as well as you can. If you’re a current hearing aid wearer but are looking for better sound quality or clarity, you may want to consider a new kind of hearing solution.
Earlens users like Dante C. and Marty G. have shared how Earlens has improved their communication with family and their ability to fully participate in social groups. To hear more Earlens user stories, visit our Earlens Testimonials page. Or, find out whether Earlens could help you hear better by finding an Earlens provider near you.
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