Did you know that hearing is one of our most important senses? The ability to hear is linked to many different cognitive functions, especially when the ability to hear declines with age. May is national Better Hearing Month and a great time to think about the importance of your hearing. Below we share some important information for why hearing is so important and why it is important to be aware of any potential hearing loss.
An article published in the American Academy of Audiology states that “One in three people older than age 60 have hearing loss; one in two people older than age 85 have hearing loss.” This is a staggering fact, considering that so few people over the age of 60 have had their hearing tested or taken action to improve it. There is a strong correlation between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline, especially dementia. When the brain is unable to process sound, it has to work harder to “fill in the blanks”. When this is unmanaged, quality of life can be greatly decreased.
Below are some common signs of hearing loss:
Thinking others are constantly mumbling or not speaking clearly
Asking others to repeat what they say
Trouble understanding conversations over the phone
Turning up the volume in the car or on the television louder than normal
Trouble understanding conversations in loud situations
Family and loved ones complaining that you do not understand them
The same AAA article also shares that “the ‘use it or lose it’ principle applies to your ears.” It’s highly recommended that hearing loss is identified and treated as soon as it presents, so that further damage does not happen. Hearing loss cannot be reversed, it can only be treated. The primary way to treat hearing loss is to use a hearing device such as a hearing aid. One of the great things about modern hearing aids is that they are incredibly small and are compatible with most modern technology including cell phones and Bluetooth.
In celebration of national Better Hearing Month, call Priority Hearing Aid Group and schedule your free hearing evaluation. We will evaluate your hearing and determine if you could benefit from a hearing device. If not, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are taking care of yourself and benefitting those around you.
Give us a call today at (804) 496-3553 to make an appointment!