There are a few things we all can expect as we age: Wrinkles will develop, memories will fade and our hearing will worsen. Just because aging comes with these side effects doesn’t mean we have to take them lying down. Cosmetic surgery can help erase age lines, brain teasers can help you “flex” those mental muscles and hearing aids can improve your day-to-day life.
Russell Broadhead, hearing instrument specialist at Heroes of Hearing in Tucson says hearing devices aren’t just for the elderly with hearing loss. Below are four smart reasons you should consider one for yourself.
1. Hearing Devices Can Enhance Your Lifestyle
There are countless types of hearing devices, from those that improve your hearing to those that stream your phone conversation into earbuds via Bluetooth. People with completely normal hearing can benefit from devices like the Bragi Dash Pro, which are custom-tailored earbuds that do everything from track your workouts and heart rate to stream music. You can even connect them to apps that translate languages on demand.
2. Slow Further Hearing Loss
It’s a common myth that even after you’ve lost some hearing, a hearing aid can restore your ears to what they once were. Broadhead says that’s not exactly the case. Hearing devices and rehabilitation practices can certainly get your hearing to a better level, however, putting off getting your hearing tested could be the worst thing you do. As you lose your hearing, your brain tries to overcompensate by filling in the blanks where sounds are missing, but Broadhead says that because of this, some patients delay hearing checkups for too long. At that point, he notes, “the brain has atrophied so much, to where, in some cases, even with a hearing device, it couldn’t recognize and process that sound correctly anymore.”
3. Lower Your Risk Factors for Dementia
“I can hear you, but I can’t understand.” For those with hearing loss, comprehension is intrinsically tied to the way they experience the world. They can hear the sounds, but their brain is trying, and sometimes failing, to make sense of them. “It’s as if you were reading a book and every other letter is taken away. Your brain has to work hard to decipher, ‘What are they trying to say?’” Broadhead says. “That’s what’s happening. Your brain is trying to put in what it thinks the word might be. Sometimes it can be close, and other times you can be way off in left field.”
He continues, “While the use of hearing aids may not be a cure for dementia, it has been hypothesized that their use may slow the rate of cognitive decline. Those with untreated hearing loss experience a 30 to 40 percent greater decline in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss.”
4. Become Fully Present Again
While some hearing loss can be sudden from extremely loud noises, most occurs slowly over time, so it’s hard to tell it’s even happening. Because of this, we don’t recognize how much our quality of life is affected. Hearing loss can cause people to withdraw from social situations because they grow tired of asking people to repeat themselves. Similarly, people with hearing loss can find themselves missing key conversations at work. What’s more, people with notable hearing loss can put those around them in danger by not responding properly to sirens on emergency vehicles, car horns or passersby asking for help.
If you are in the market for cool new earbuds or if you have been told (one too many times) that you need to get your hearing checked, Broadhead and the professionals at Heroes of Hearingcan help. To learn more about their services, visit them online at heroesofhearing.com or call them at 520-230-3999.
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