Do you have difficulty hearing in noisy restaurants?
Do you often ask people to repeat what they have said?
Can you understand men better than women or children?
Do you find yourself turning up the volume on the TV?
Better Hearing Means Better Overall Wellness
We have our teeth and eyes checked regularly, but what about our ears? Everyone over the age of 55 should have their hearing checked regularly as part of an overall wellness program. Hearing helps maintain full enjoyment and participation in life — in fact, 83 percent of hearing aid users reported improved quality of life through better hearing!
Types of Hearing Loss
Not all hearing loss can be corrected through the use of hearing aids or alternative listening devices. The type of hearing loss determines the specific treatment required. There are four types of hearing loss:
- Conductive: This could be caused by something as simple as earwax buildup!
- Sensorineural: This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged.
- Mixed: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
- Central: Strokes and central nerve diseases are often the cause of this type of hearing loss.
Did you know your hearing affects nearly every part of your life!
Quality of Life: By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people has a hearing loss, with hearing loss the 3rd most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss may be mistaken for aloofness, confusion, personality changes or dementia. Hearing well helps maintain full enjoyment and participation in life.
Whole Body Health: Hearing loss has been linked to sleep apnea and may be an early warning sign for other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some forms of hearing loss are more than twice as likely among diabetics because the glucose overload that destroys parts of the body will also often diminish their hearing. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can also accompany hearing loss and may be as debilitating as hearing loss.
Remaining Steady on Your Feet: Individuals with even just a mild hearing loss are three times more at risk of experiencing unexpected, injury-causing falls and more frequent/longer hospitalizations. Lower your risk of falling and stay balanced!
Postponing Dementia: Because we hear with our brains, untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive difficulties and increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. The better your ears work, the sharper your mind is likely to be. Having your hearing checked regularly can help preserve gray matter within your brain.
Do you know the risk factors of hearing loss?
- Over 55 years of age
- Genetic hearing loss
- Exposure to noise (machinery, factory noise, hunting, etc.)
- Ototoxic medications (aspirin, antibiotics, diuretics, cholesterol, anti-cancer drugs, etc.)
- Illness (Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity)
- Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
Take better care of yourself by taking better care of your hearing.
Schedule An Appointment
At Hearing and Low Vision Solutions in San Francisco, we enhance your quality of life. For your individual hearing solution, schedule an appointment today by calling 415-742-4440