Hearing loss is common – nearly 48 million people in Katy, Texas and around the country suffer from it. But only about 20 percent of those who could benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually use one. This could possibly be due to their cost, as hearing aids are not cheap.
Your Katy audiologist recommends you think of your hearing aid purchase as an investment in your hearing health. While it is a large upfront cost, a hearing aid can do more than simply improve your ability to hear.
Improved Emotional Well-being
When you seek treatment for your hearing loss, you no longer need to rely on others to help you, as you can navigate the hearing world on your own. This can help you regain a sense of control over your life that may have been lacking when you were dealing with your untreated hearing loss.
Treating your hearing loss can also help you reduce the amount of time you spend alone, which can lead to healthier and longer-lasting relationships. Those who use a hearing aid have higher self-esteem and better quality of life compared to those who don’t.
Improved General Health
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to:
- Feelings of depression, anger and anxiety
- Higher risk of cognitive decline and physical injuries (specifically falls)
Those who choose to treat their hearing loss with a hearing aid also see an improvement in their balance.
Improved Professional Success
Concentrating, especially when communicating, is more difficult for those with untreated hearing loss. This can lead to reduced job performance and less monetary compensation.
New research suggests that untreated hearing loss may actually make learning new things harder, which can lead to problems storing new information.
Improved Quality of Life
A study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) surveyed 2,000 individuals with hearing loss. They 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
Still don’t think a hearing aid is worth it? Schedule an appointment with your Katy audiologist to learn more about the benefits from a hearing aid today.