Are you struggling to hear clearly? You may have started looking at hearing aid options, and found yourself wondering what hearing aids can do for you. Sadly, hearing loss is irreversible, and your hearing can never be restored. But if you’ve been struggling to hear, finding the perfect hearing device for you can give you back your ability to hear, whether in the intimacy of your home or out and about with friends.
If your hearing isn’t as sharp as it once was, you need to take immediate action. Missing a few sounds hear and there might not seem like a big deal at first, but ignoring your hearing loss can have some serious repercussions. We think we hear with our ears, but that’s not the whole picture. Hearing happens in the brain as well. When you have hearing loss, certain cells in the brain aren’t receiving any input from the ears. After a while, these cells in the auditory centers weaken or even die, and when you do treat your hearing loss, these sounds will never be restored, and you may never hear those sounds again.
You might think that treating your hearing loss isn’t a big deal, but if you’ve been struggling to hear you’ve been putting a lot of strain on your brain. Those living with untreated hearing loss suffer from listening fatigue, and often reach the end of the day completely exhausted. With no energy left to meet friends or spend time with loved ones, quality of life decreases, and you add stress and social isolation to brain strain. This social isolation affects the brain as well, since you’re not getting any new or interesting stimulation. Studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss experience rapid cognitive decline, both from over exhaustion and also from lack of healthy brain exercise.
Treating hearing loss is good for your brain health. Hearing aids help you hear in complex listening environments, and you’ll be able to follow conversations with ease. You won’t need to ask your friends or coworkers to repeat themselves, or play an exhausting game of fill in the blanks as you scramble to understand what’s been said. If you wear hearing aids, you’ll be able to enjoy social events again, stay mentally and physically active, and even learn a new skill or start a new hobby.
If you have hearing loss, finding the perfect hearing aids will change your life. The first step to picking the perfect device is to get a comprehensive hearing test to determine your unique hearing loss and hearing needs. After you know what sounds you’re not hearing, think about your lifestyle and at what moments in the day you struggle the most. Do you have difficulty hearing during meetings at work, or when you’re out for lunch with friends? Are you straining to hear when you’re at a music venue or sports event? Can you follow conversations in places with a lot of background noise, or hear clearly on the phone?
Whatever your hearing needs, finding the right hearing aids will give you back the ability to enjoy your life fully. Even though your hearing won’t be restored, you’ll be able to communicate easily, and participate in all the activities you love the most. You’ll enjoy a great quality of life, and your hearing loss won’t hold you back.
Have you been putting off treating hearing loss because your hearing can’t be restored? While hearing aids can’t fully restore the hearing you lost, they can help you hear clearly, reduce listening effort, protect the relationships you value the most, and even keep your brain healthy. At Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast, our team of hearing health specialists are dedicated to helping you hear, and we’ll work with you to find the perfect hearing aids that will help you hear in the toughest listening environments. Many Americans wait 5 to 7 years to seek treatment, and struggle with ever worsening hearing loss! Don’t be part of that statistic, but visit us today and discover how treating hearing loss will change your life.