Even when they suspect a problem, people put off hearing tests for a number of reasons.
On average, a person experiencing hearing loss waits more than five years before doing anything about it. A perceived lack of time, cost or the stigma associated with hearing loss may be behind the procrastination, but there are many reasons delaying is not a good health decision.
Consider these benefits to making an appointment for audiology services at Hearing Rehabilitation Center:
Benefits to the Brain
Hearing loss affects the brain’s high-level cognitive functioning and ability to process the auditory information it receives. Studies reveal that the brain is stimulated when it processes sounds and that denying it this information can result in brain atrophy.
Dr. Frank Lin, an otologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, is one of the world’s most respected experts in hearing loss.
Lin has studied the link between hearing loss and brain tissue loss, including an elevated risk of dementia. He has found that the use of hearing aids can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. He also found that brain shrinkage – a normal aging process – is quickened in older adults experiencing impaired hearing.
Hearing impairments can increase social isolation, which can lead to feelings of depression. Individuals delaying treatment may also worry about making communication mistakes. This depression may be worsened because they don’t realize it is due to hearing loss.
A Johns Hopkins study determined that older adults with hearing loss were 57 percent more likely to experience prolonged stretches of depression or stress.
Better Quality of Life
Studies have shown that a majority of hearing aid wearers have found they lead a more active and social lifestyle because of the improved self-esteem they experience. When people hear better, they communicate more with those around them, leading to increased feelings of inclusion in the world.
Reduce the Risk of Injury
A Lin study determined that people aged 40-69 with even mild hearing loss were three times as likely to experience falls than peers without an impairment. He also found that those with hearing loss were 32 percent more likely to have been hospitalized and 36 percent more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury.