Are you having trouble hearing the people around you? Do you find yourself increasingly isolated because you can’t participate in conversations? Are you worried about the impact hearing loss may have on your health and well-being? If so, now is a good time for you to consider getting hearing aids.
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that can be placed in or behind one or both of your ears. They amplify and clarify sound so you can hear better.
At Sharp Hearing Care Professionals, Dr. Kevin Sharim and his team recognize you may be reluctant to start using hearing aids. Only about one in five people who could benefit from wearing hearing aids opts to do so. But we also know that once most patients take the leap, they’re happy to experience better hearing.
Stop missing out because of hearing loss. Read on to learn the many benefits hearing aids can provide your everyday life.
Benefit #1: Less isolation
If you can’t hear well, you know how lonely it can be to sit among other people and not have the ability to follow the conversation and join in with comments of your own. Or maybe you’re already declining invitations to parties, dinners, or other social events because of your hearing.
Social isolation is bad for your physical health as well as your mental health. According to the National Institute on Aging, social isolation can lead to a variety of health problems, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Early death
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system
By having hearing aids fitted and wearing them regularly, you can stay connected with other people and avoid social isolation and health problems that can result from poor hearing.
Benefit #2: Lower risk of dementia
Like most people, you probably fear developing dementia, which is a reduction of cognitive ability and memory. Unfortunately, hearing loss can multiply the risk of dementia by as much as two to five times.
Why might this happen? One reason is that conversation helps stimulate your brain, which helps you stay sharp. But the good news is that correcting hearing loss by wearing hearing aids could help lower your odds of developing dementia.
Benefit #3: Better balance
You probably don’t realize it, but your hearing helps you stay balanced. Even small changes in hearing can lead you to lose your balance and fall. (The same is true of vision, so be sure to have regular eye exams!) Falls can lead to injuries such as hip fractures and even early death.
Get help for your hearing challenges
If you can’t hear well, Dr. Sharim and the team at Sharp Hearing Care Professionals would like to help. We can provide you with technologically advanced hearing aids that fit your ears and your hearing needs.
To schedule a consultation, contact one of our offices in Oxnard, Santa Barbara, West Hills, or Santa Monica, California, today.