How Life Changes With a Hearing Aid

When your hearing starts to decline, particularly if the loss is age-related, you’re dealing with a changing baseline. The rate of hearing loss is slow and gradual, so much so that many people with hearing loss perceive it’s the world around them that’s changing, not them.

While hearing aids are the aural equivalent of corrective lenses for vision issues, they’re still subject to stigma and misconception when, in fact, modern devices provide superior sound reproduction in incredibly tiny and comfortable packages. Successful fitting and programming can dramatically improve your quality of life, in ways that may surprise you.

Improved comprehension

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of hearing aids is the ability to understand more of what’s going on around you. A “mumbling” friend or muddy-sounding television may now be clear. There are two reasons for this.

Don’t think of hearing loss as simply the “volume” being turned down on your ears. While everyone’s hearing loss is unique, it’s likely you lose more of certain frequencies than others. Add to that the fact that about 20% of the sounds of speech carry 80% of the definition of consonants, those tones that make words distinct. Hearing loss at these frequencies can destroy your ability to make sense of sounds that otherwise seem loud enough.

Assistive hearing devices programmed to match your hearing loss can instantly return the clarity you’ve been missing. While that’s the most substantial direct change you’ll notice, it serves as a basis for many other indirect improvements to your life.

Regained extroversion

When you’re not hearing well, it’s natural to avoid environments that aggravate hearing loss. Over time, you can withdraw from social situations and activities you once enjoyed, and you may not be aware that it’s your hearing loss. Relationships with friends and family can suffer.

Hearing aids restore your social confidence. Activities that depend on communication get easier, and you’ll struggle less to simply keep up. Instead, you’ll be an active participant again. The idea of meeting new people seems less intimidating.

Cognitive ability

Hearing aids restore the information-gathering ability of your ears. While this can sometimes be overwhelming at first, this additional information feeds into better cognition. Your mental acuity has a better chance of enduring when your hearing is no longer a barrier.

Emotional and psychological function are also more likely to maintain or improve after hearing aids are prescribed. Your brain is made to process information from all your senses, so hearing loss can upset the balance, leading to mental decline.

Enjoyment of life

With the gradual decline of age-related hearing loss, things silently slide off your radar. Perhaps it’s the chirping of birds in the morning or the feelings of peace you’d get from listening to music. Hearing aids can restore these pleasures.

It’s usually those close to you who notice your hearing loss first. If you’re noticing those comments, contact ENT Specialists of Austin, at either our Austin or Cedar Park, Texas office. You can request an appointment by phone or online, and we can get started on a path back to fulfilling hearing. Book today.

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