There are many people with untreated hearing loss who aren’t even aware that they have a problem. So why is awareness of the problem and treatment of it so important? Well, the obvious answer is so that a person can improve their hearing. But did you know that it is also important for your overall health?
The Better Hearing Institute lists 10 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss and Your Health:
1. Hearing loss is tied to depression
2. Hearing loss and dementia are linked
3. Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes
4. Your hearing may say something about your heart
5. Staying fit may also help your hearing
6. Hearing loss may put you at greater risk of falling
7. Hospitalization may be more likely for those with hearing loss
8. The risk of dying may be higher for older men with hearing loss
9. Hearing loss is tied to common pain relievers
10. Moderate chronic kidney disease is linked to hearing loss
This list points out things that everyone with hearing loss should be aware of. The good news is, research suggests that treatments such as hearing aids may reduce symptoms and lower risks of some of the listed health problems.
So why is it important to recognize and treat hearing loss? Because a lot more than your hearing is at risk when you don’t.
Don’t forget- Center for Hearing’s Patient Appreciation Days are coming up on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th! Come by the office anytime between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for refreshments and free gifts! The Center’s audiologists and staff look forward to visiting with you!
Center for Hearing is also offering FREE hearing screenings during May in honor of “Better Speech and Hearing” month.