Why Getting a Hearing Device is a Great New Year's Resolution
By Top-Rated Charlotte Audiologist, Dr. Gosu
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition here in the Western Hemisphere, and it is generally considered a good thing. If you’ve been putting off getting hearing aids, making it your New Year’s resolution to restore one of your five senses is an excellent decision. The following are a few very good reasons to get needed help for hearing loss.
You won’t miss out on these sounds
If you have hearing loss, you can miss out on some wonderful sounds. Your favorite music, the voices of loved ones, joyful laughter, nature, the punch lines of jokes, excitement of sports announcers during major football games, and dinnertime banter are all sounds you’ll be glad you didn’t miss, when you get needed hearing aids.
Your friends and loved ones will appreciate it
Experiencing hearing loss is bad enough without the peripheral disadvantage of causing frustration to others. For example, it may become necessary for family members and friends to frequently repeat themselves so that you can participate in conversations. The television can be a real problem because high volume for those with normal hearing can be an intrusion, including disruption of sleep.
Hearing loss creates risks
Anyone with hearing loss is exposed to additional hazards. For instance, the simple act of walking is affected because when walking, our ears detect subtle cues that help with balance. These signals are lost when hearing is muted. An alarming study done at Johns Hopkins revealed that a person with severe hearing impairment is five times more likely to develop dementia. Part of that equation has to do with loss of ability to engage in conversations. Another obvious risk is that you are unable to hear warning signals, which could have serious consequences.
You will communicate better
When your lost hearing is restored with the help of hearing aids, you will communicate better. Speech will become clearer, volume control will be better, and tonality and diction will be improved. Many people with hearing loss don’t realize just how much their own speech has been affected by their untreated condition.
You will be more open to healthy relationships
In many ways, hearing loss can create a sense of isolation. By getting needed hearing aids, you will be equipped to communicate much more effectively. Who knows? You could even enjoy revived romance, with the ability to hear whispers of sweet nothings again.
You can be a trailblazer
There is a good chance you know others who also need a hearing device but haven’t gotten one yet. You can blaze new trails for yourself and others by taking the role of a leader and overcoming your doubts. Hearing aids of today are greatly improved, thanks to technological advancements.
If you take the leap and get a needed hearing aid, you will be so glad you did. In fact, you will likely become an enthusiastic advocate of making resolutions and sticking with them.