Do you struggle to hear your family members at home?
Have you found yourself saying ‘What?’ 'Pardon? or 'Huh?''more than normal?
Has your partner repeatedly complained that the telly is too loud?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to get your hearing checked.
The reason? Your ears deliver sound messages to your brain and when your ears aren’t working properly, it can actually result in changes to the way your brain is structured, which could be connected to the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia**
In addition, when you’re working harder to hear, you’re using a high amount of mental energy. The extra energy you use to hear, will give you less energy to put towards memory and other brain functions.
3. Hearing loss can be hard to notice
It takes people an average of 7 to 10 years to get help for their hearing loss, in part because hearing loss can be gradual*****.
With gradual hearing loss, it can be hard to notice that you have hearing loss until it becomes significant. If you’re unsure whether you may have hearing loss, it’s a good idea to ask family members or friends if they’ve noticed a change in your hearing. It can also be good to get a hearing screening to see if you have any degree of hearing loss that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
4. Hearing loss can be treated
Did you know that 95% of people with sensorineural hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids?******
Today’s hearing aids technology is more advanced than you might think. Many can connect to your smartphone, have advanced sound and environment settings, and are more compact and discrete than ever.
5. Your Family and Friends will thank you
Your family and friends will be thankful that you’ve taken steps towards hearing better. They’ll breathe a sigh of relief that they no longer have to act as your ears.
And they’ll be thrilled to enjoy the sounds of life with you once again.