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Understanding Hearing Loss with DeafHear’s Hearing Aid Service

Why Early Intervention is Important...
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On average, people tend to wait five to seven years between first experiencing hearing loss symptoms and actually getting help for it. Many people say they are embarassed to admit they have a hearing loss to family and friends, but the reality is that the person’s hearing loss is often more obvious to family and friends than it is to the person themselves. This is because the symptoms of hearing loss – missing out on conversations; asking people to repeat themselves; having the TV turned up very loud – are more obvious than actually wearing hearing aids!

And to delay seeking help is not a good idea. Research shows there are many good reasons to seek hearing loss treatment sooner rather than later.

Early intervention prevents your brain from forgetting what to do

Over time, reduced stimulation to the ears and brain can actually impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognise speech. Once speech recognition deteriorates, it may only partially recoverable with hearing aids in place.

Early intervention slows cognitive decline and communication problems

When you can’t hear what is going on around you, it contributes to reduced mental sharpness and the ability to communicate.

Early intervention improves the use of hearing aids themselves

The sooner people begin to use hearing aids, the more comfortable they are with them, and the easier it is to learn to use them to get the best from them.

Top 10 Reasons to seek help early

  1. Ability to hear clearly and concisely.

  2. Better interpersonal relationships and less negative communications.

  3. Reduced depression, anxiety and emotional instability.

  4. Fewer instances of confusion and disorientation.

  5. Increased ability to concentrate and.

  6. Better memory skills and greater ability to learn new material.

  7. Increased sense of being alert and aware of personal safety.

  8. Greater earning power.

  9. Feeling of being in control of things.

  10. Feeling less isolated and more involved.

Don’t underestimate the potential impact
of hearing loss on a person’s quality of life.

One large American study found that hearing loss had the second highest
negative impact on individuals’ quality of life in terms of physical and cognitive functioning: higher than cancer, heart disease, arthritis, epilepsy,
diabetes, blindness and a range of other health conditions.

Only chronic digestive disorders had a greater impact on quality
of life than hearing loss, and these disorders are similar to hearing loss
in that they impact on daily living on an almost constant basis.
(Hawkins et al, 2012).