Did you know that hearing loss can negatively impact your quality of life, and directly affect people on many levels: physically, mentally and emotionally? By recommending a hearing assessment* to a loved one or friend, you may help provide life-changing gifts this holiday season.
Hearing is necessary for effective communication in the office. Employees with untreated hearing loss are more likely to face hurdles with effective communication, underemployment and physical and mental health issues that may affect job performance. These factors may lead to less money saved for retirement and an overall reduction in quality of life.
A Better Hearing Institute survey of more than 40,000 households using the National Family Opinion panel found hearing loss negatively impacted household income on average up to $12,000 per year depending on the degree of hearing loss. However, the use of hearing instruments was shown to mitigate the effects of hearing loss by 50 percent. Many Baby Boomers delay hearing loss treatment because of fear of stigmatization on the job – don’t be one of them. Safeguard your retirement fund by scheduling your hearing assessment to proactively address potential hearing loss.
A hearing assessment is the first step toward enjoying the important things in life – the giggles of your grandchildren on the playground, conversations with a friend over lunch and making memories with family during the holiday season. Sounds are so important to life; they add richness, texture and meaning. Many people view ailments like hearing loss as a normal part of the aging process. More and more research is disproving that mindset. By getting a hearing assessment to see if you have hearing loss, you’ll spend more time making memories and less time feeling stressed and isolated.
According to the Better Hearing Institute, when you strain to hear, your brain experiences cognitive overload, and works harder to decipher what people are saying. It doesn’t have the time to put the information into your memory bank. As areas of your brain go unused, they shrink or get taken over for other duties—and that means less resources for other tasks like memory.
You know that mental health and hearing health are important, but it wasn’t until recently that the connection was recognized. A study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders found that the prevalence of moderate to severe depression was 11 percent among adults with self-reported hearing impairment, as opposed to only 5 percent in the general population.
Do you get tired of asking “What?” and decide to isolate yourself from things that were once enjoyable, like eating lunch in a bustling restaurant or attending lively family gatherings? This behavior can lead to depression, sadness and feelings of loneliness. While there is a link between hearing loss and depression, it doesn’t have to be that way. A simple hearing assessment could change the course dramatically.
It’s surprising that something many Baby Boomers take for granted, like being able to hear, can cause health issues when it starts to decline. According to a study that appeared in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, people with untreated hearing loss typically experience significantly longer inpatient stays, higher 30-day hospital readmission rates and increased overall healthcare costs. Things like anxiety, depression, reduced cognitive functioning, and an overall deterioration in physical health are linked to hearing loss. If you have untreated hearing loss, you may even be at an increased risk for falls.
Can you lower your healthcare costs by addressing hearing loss? It’s a simple way to save a lot of money.
Untreated hearing loss affects your relationships—especially with your partner, but also your children and grandchildren. Relations with friends, family members and colleagues may suffer, as well. Hearing loss causes anxiety and stress, limitations on verbal communication and intimacy with your partner, which negatively impacts your relationships.
The good news for Baby Boomers is that a simple hearing assessment can identify a problem and get you back to enjoying many areas of your life—relationships, social activities, and sex life.
For this holiday season, give something loving that you can’t wrap. Help your family and friends regain their active lives with a simple hearing assessment.
Identifying hearing loss can lead to good things filled with holiday cheer. Schedule your hearing assessment today by calling 866-837-8286 (866-TEST-AT-60), or by requesting an appointment with a Campaign for Better Hearing partner near you.