When your hearing starts to worsen, it is like seeing the world without glasses on. Your world dips out of focus. You can make out what is happening, but the enjoyment and the finer details are suddenly erased.
You don’t have to suffer the impending silence in silence. Miracle-Ear offers the latest in hearing technology to help bring your life back into focus and reverse these five negative ways hearing loss impacts your life.
Many people struggling with hearing impairment feel it detrimentally impacts their social and familial relationships. It becomes laborious and embarrassing asking someone to repeat themselves after everything they say. Eventually, people with hearing loss begin feeling lonely in social situations, particularly in group environments when people are speaking rapidly.
Many hearing aid wearers report feeling more included and stronger social connections once they are fitted with a hearing aid.
Decreased Personal Safety
Humans evolved with an acute sense of hearing to protect ourselves from danger. Once our hearing deteriorates, our safety does also. Not only do we need our hearing to detect warnings like car horns, sirens, or people shouting, but also when we have to concentrate more intently on listening, we are more vulnerable to trips and slips. A national study found that those experiencing hearing loss are three times more likely to suffer a fall.
Taking steps to prevent and correct hearing deterioration has a positive impact on overall health and safety and a minimized risk of an accident.
Decreased Earning Potential
For those suffering from hearing loss, the workplace becomes a stressful and complicated place. Workplace communication increasingly takes place over the phone via conference calls, reducing the margin for non-verbal communication.
This is why hearing loss has a significant impact on earning potential. A 2011 study found that moderate to severe hearing loss experienced a reduced earning potential by between 65 and 77 per cent.
A Reduced Quality of Life
Simple activities like watching a movie, listening to music, or walking in nature lose an element of enjoyment when you can’t hear. The birdsongs are gone. The subtitles get in the way of the picture, and music sounds muffled and tinny.
Hearing loss brings about a reduced quality of life. Getting fitted for hearing aids allows many the opportunity to rekindle their love for their hobbies and leisure activities and experience them in a way they have not been able to in many years.
Permanent Hearing Damage
If left untreated, hearing loss can actually damage your hearing permanently, meaning that even if you do receive hearing aids at a later date, you may still be unable to hear certain sounds.
This usually occurs with high-pitched sounds first, like birds chirping. Once you are unable to detect many high-pitched sounds, your brain stops trying to detect it, so even later on when you get your hearing aid, you can no longer detect the high pitch sounds you once could.
Getting fitted with a hearing aid as soon as you realize your hearing may be deteriorating is essential for slowing down your hearing loss and preventing permanent hearing damage.