Do Not Delay a Hearing Appointment
If you’ve been delaying making that appointment with your audiologist, May is Better Hearing Month – the perfect time to quit procrastinating.
There are many reasons why putting off your hearing health is detrimental to not only your ears but many other aspects of your health and overall well-being.
- Bulk Up Your Brain
Your brain is the instrument that processes the sounds your ears receive and makes sense of them, telling us what to do with them. When your brain’s cerebrum is affected by hearing loss, it reassigns its hearing capabilities to other senses, including sight and touch.
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain atrophy brought on by hearing loss may be linked to higher rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies show that treating hearing loss may lower your risk of developing these brain conditions.
- Fear of Falling
Hearing loss has a more unexpected side effect – it makes you more prone to falls. The inner ear’s vestibular system is responsible for maintaining your sense of balance. Even mild cases of hearing loss can triple your risk of an accidental fall.
- Listener Fatigue
When your hearing is not where it should be, your brain may work so hard to compensate that it tires you out. The staff at Audiology Services of Marin, Inc. can evaluate your hearing and determine if hearing aids may be able to help you.
- Invest in Your Relationships
You may not realize the toll your hearing loss is taking on your relationships with your spouse, family and friends. Negative feelings associated with hearing problems include resentment, loneliness and loss of companionship. Studies have shown that lessened communication can be blamed for loss of relationships.