Focus Hearing - Overland Park, KS

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

The chances of having to cope with hearing loss goes up as we age. Millions are coping with some degree of hearing loss. But commonly, seven or more years go by after the initial symptoms show up before individuals get help.

Many older adult’s social life is negatively effected by ignored hearing loss. Warning signs include regularly asking people around you to repeat what they said more slowly and loudly, as well as retreating from social circumstances because they find it difficult to communicate successfully.

Obviously, hearing is essential. We’re empowered by our ability to hear. With it, we can go out with friends, go to work, and communicate with those we care about. It also keeps us safe and in tune with the outside world. Even your ability to relax is impacted by your hearing. Regrettably, we often take it for granted that we’ll always be able to hear.

So when your hearing declines, and if you’re like most people, it will, you’ll feel it physically and emotionally. Your overall quality of life will be impacted. Solitude is also a big risk with hearing loss

This is why noticing early warning signs and getting assistance to find possible treatment options is critical. Fortunately, most types of hearing loss are treatable. You should schedule an assessment with a hearing professional if you find yourself disheartened about missing crucial conversations. These experts will help determine your degree of hearing loss, as well as whether your hearing, and overall health, would benefit from using hearing aids.

Studies show that using a hearing aid can, for those struggling with age-related hearing loss, help decrease the chances of social isolation by making communication in social scenarios easier. Hearing aids make it easier for older adults to carry on their regular activities and socially interact with friends, family members, and the other people with whom they communicate each day.

According to studies conducted at Johns Hopkins University, hearing loss has been linked to numerous health concerns from mental acuity, memory loss, depression, as well as an increased risk of getting Alzheimer’s. These health concerns can be prevented by managing hearing loss.

Personal relationships, especially with family and friends, rely heavily on communication. Frustration and miscommunication between friends and family are frequently the result of hearing loss.

Hearing loss also creates safety challenges. Using hearing aids will give you confidence that you will be capable of responding to important sounds and warnings that happen in your daily life, such as alarms, sirens, cell phones, doorbells, oven timers, car alarms, and horns, as well as other traffic noises that identify approaching traffic.

Hearing loss can have an adverse effect on your income. If you are dealing with hearing loss and are a member of the labor force, it can cause frustration, missed details, and ultimately lower your ability to earn. Using hearing aids can be helpful.

Family members can be helpful to an older adult with hearing impairment, but it’s also imperative that the person with hearing loss takes the first step. If you are suffering from hearing loss, you need to take hearing a test and commit to treatment (such as using hearing aids regularly), so you can go back to hearing all the sounds and conversations that are significant in your day-to-day life. Ultimately, it’s important to recognize that you aren’t alone. You can prevent feeling isolated and go back to socializing with your loved ones with a little help from a hearing professional, hearing aids, and your family and friends.

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