May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! This campaign is organized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to raise global awareness about hearing loss and the accessibility as well as benefits of treatment. This year’s theme is Connecting People which emphasizes connecting people with hearing healthcare services that can transform hearing health and wellness. You can participate in Better Hearing and Speech Month by scheduling an appointment to have your hearing assessed – the first major step in prioritizing your hearing health.
Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions that people live with today. Impacting over 48 million people, hearing loss is a pervasive health issue. Though it is common, affecting 1 in 6 people, hearing loss is still undertreated. There are a few reasons for this including that hearing loss typically occurs gradually. This means that changes to hearing health can remain unnoticed for quite some time. Additionally, it can be tough to acknowledge and confront health changes. But delaying treatment has major consequences that can affect overall health, including:
- Straining communication: untreated hearing loss symptoms – tinnitus (ringing in the ears), distorted sounds, difficulty hearing individual words, etc. – make it hard to engage in conversation. These symptoms reduce one’s capacity to hear and freely participate in conversations with others. This can lead to miscommunication and unpleasant interactions,
- Effecting relationships: strained communication also takes a toll on relationships. Communication is essential for sustaining healthy relationships. People often report feeling unheard of or ignored by their loved ones with hearing loss. This can contribute to frustration, tension, and distance in relationships.
- Causing social withdrawal: because conversations become challenging to have, people often avoid them as much as possible. This results in skipping out on social events, spending less time with family and friends, and participating less in hobbies. Social withdrawal contributes to depression, anxiety, loneliness, etc. which takes a toll on mental health and well-being.
- Increasing health risks: extensive research shows that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of developing other health conditions. This includes cognitive decline and related conditions like Alzheimer’s as well as accidental injuries and depression.
Treating hearing loss not only maximizes hearing capacity but it alleviates symptoms, preventing these outcomes.
How Hearing Healthcare Services Can Help
Treating hearing loss starts with meeting with a hearing healthcare provider. There is a range of hearing healthcare services that are designed to diagnose and effectively treat hearing loss. These services are also invested in providing ongoing support for your hearing health. This includes:
- Hearing tests: a hearing test involves a noninvasive and painless process that measures your hearing capacity in both ears. This is an important diagnostic tool used to identify any hearing loss and the degree of impairment you could be experiencing.
- Hearing aid fittings: hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. These innovative devices are savvier than ever before. There is a wide range of options, styles, and features that are designed to easily integrate into your daily life. We help you choose the device that is optimal for your hearing needs. We also work closely with you to ensure a perfect fit as well as program your hearing aid to meet the specifics of your hearing loss.
- Hearing technologies: In addition to hearing aids, we provide access to other technologies that can benefit your hearing health. This includes assistive listening devices and accessories that provide ample support.
These services are among a comprehensive suite of services that serve your hearing health. Accessing these services is as simple as contacting us to get started.
Prioritize Your Hearing Health This Month
Treating hearing loss can truly change your health and quality of life. Treatment strengthens communication which improves relationships, work performance, social life, and sense of self. Additionally, treating hearing loss strengthens cognitive functions which improve brain health. These benefits heighten the quality and longevity of life, helping people live more fully.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a hearing consultation. Not only is this a great way to participate in Better Hearing and Speech Month, but it’s the best way to prioritize your hearing health.