An investment now most likely will have a rewarding payout in the future. This may be in the form of money, but the investment can take many forms, such as a relationship, a hobby, or skill. These are gifts you begin now with amazing benefits later. Investing in your hearing is one of the greatest investments you can make for your quality of life later on. One in three people over 65 have hearing loss and half of those over 75 do. Many choose to avoid treatment due to denial or stigma. However, a choice like this now is sabotage to your future self. Let’s investigate all the ways that investing in your hearing now is one of the wisest choices you can make.
An Investment in Relationships
Hearing loss is a communication issue. As hearing loss progressively becomes worse you may find that friendships become strained and relationships at home struggle. Constant miscommunications slowly can cause resentment in marriages and partnerships, eroding intimacy and leading to loneliness and depression on both ends of a hearing loss. However, the most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids. These tiny electronic devices amplify the conversation. Over time you can start to rebuild the rifts that may have formed. If you catch it early enough you may be lucky enough to escape strife in relationships, caused by hearing loss
Increased earning power
As you can imagine, communication issues can drastically affect performance at work. For those of us who need to be alert at work, start to miss warning sounds which compromise theirs and the safety of our co-workers. In jobs that require conversation, meetings, and interactions, hearing loss can make you appear confused, disconnected, disinterested, and uncommitted. Over time this drastically affects performance, and earnings. In fact, a 2011 study by the Better Hearing Institute reported that an average loss of $30,000 in earnings per annum was recorded in those with hearing loss. The study determined that the worse the degree of hearing loss, the worse the loss of earnings. The good news is that the study determined that using hearing aids nearly erased the negative effects on earnings in the workplace. While the best hearing aids out there may seem expensive, imagine the alternative loss in wages, which ultimately will cost you much more.
Improved Cognitive Health
When we first struggle to hear, it is often parts of words or sentences which are lost. Everyone’s hearing loss is slightly different, featuring the loss of different sounds, pitches, and tones. This can make socialization completely exhausting. A normal day at work socializing will leave someone with untreated hearing loss feeling more exhausted than their peers with healthy hearing. This can also start to take a toll on your cognitive health. As these gaps in hearing continue to get worse, our brain has to work harder and harder to hear. It may even borrow reserves from other cognitive resources.
A study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Aging and Health led by Dr. Frank R. Lin, in 2013, sought to identify the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline. The study examined a cross-section of 1,984 older adults with hearing loss. Over six years, cognitive health was measured. It was revealed that those with hearing loss declined some 30 percent to 40 percent faster than in those whose hearing was normal. They also found that the more severe the hearing loss, the more severe the cognitive decline. The good news is that the use of hearing aids has been found to slow rates of cognitive decline to almost negatable levels. This means that investment now in hearing health contributes to a clearer and more nimble brain into your golden years.
An Investment in Your Health
An investment today in hearing aids can mean more independence, improved self-esteem, a more active lifestyle and just more enjoyment for years to come. If you suspect you have even a slight hearing loss now, it is a good idea to leap today. The first step is to make an appointment today. Just think – years down the road you’ll be thanking us, and you’ll be thanking yourself.