How Hear­ing Loss Ef­fects Your Health

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If you suf­fer from hear­ing loss, it can change the way you think, the way you feel and the way you in­ter­act with those around you. Stud­ies have shown that un­treated hear­ing loss is linked to cog­ni­tive, emo­tional and be­havioural deficits that can im­pact you for the rest of your life. Hear­ing is not a “nice have”; it’s a “health must.”

Cog­ni­tively Speak­ing

Healthy hear­ing is vi­tal to our cog­ni­tive health and brain func­tion. When speech is un­clear, your brain has to work on over­drive to fill in the miss­ing words. Over time, this stress on your brain takes a toll on your cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing. This can lead to ex­haus­tion, poor sleep and ir­ri­tabil­ity, and also puts you at risk for de­vel­op­ing de­men­tia re­lated ill­nesses. Treat­ing hear­ing loss with a hear­ing aid can be used to help de­crease the stress on your brain, and po­ten­tially re­duce the risk of cog­ni­tive de­cline.

Lis­ten to Your Body

Hear­ing loss can af­fect your phys­i­cal health and over­all well­be­ing, mak­ing you more prone to ill­ness and ac­ci­dents. Mild hear­ing loss nearly triples your risk of fall­ing from the lack of sound to main­tain bal­ance, and the in­abil­ity to hear warn­ing sig­nals. Hear­ing loss can also cause lone­li­ness, iso­la­tion, and even de­pres­sion be­cause so­cial in­ter­ac­tion can be em­bar­rass­ing and ex­haust­ing. Not be­ing able to hear and par­tic­i­pate in con­ver­sa­tions can cause peo­ple to with­draw from so­cial sit­u­a­tions they once en­joyed be­cause of dif­fi­culty hear­ing.

Pay at­ten­tion to even the small­est hint of hear­ing dif­fi­culty and seek treat­ment. Early signs in­clude: muf­fled speech, dif­fi­culty hear­ing in groups, ring­ing in the ears, and ask­ing for fre­quent rep­e­ti­tion.

Risk Fac­tors

Did you know that hear­ing loss is twice as com­mon in peo­ple with di­a­betes or pre­di­a­betes? Cer­tain med­i­ca­tions can also cause tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent hear­ing dam­age.The usual cul­prits in­clude sal­i­cy­late pain re­liev­ers, qui­nine and loop di­uret­ics. Some peo­ple also ex­pe­ri­ence hear­ing loss while tak­ing amino­gly­co­side an­tibi­otics, or re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy.

Hear It From The Ex­perts

Knowl­edge is the key to pre­vent­ing ill­nesses re­lated to hear­ing loss. It’s also the best way to ease any ap­pre­hen­sion and dis­pel myths you may have about hear­ing health­care. The Auburn & Moun­tain Au­di­ol­o­gist team will share in­for­ma­tion on how cer­tain heath is­sues, in­clud­ing de­men­tia re­lated ill­nesses, can be re­lated to hear­ing loss.

Auburn & Moun­tain Hear­ing Cen­tres pro­vide a va­ri­ety of hear­ing health­care for adults and chil­dren. Ser­vices in­clude hear­ing tests, cen­tral au­di­tory pro­cess­ing tests (CAPs), bal­ance as­sess­ments, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and coun­selling. The clinic fits and dis­penses ad­vanced hear­ing aids as well as pro­vides re­pair ser­vices for all makes and mod­els. Auburn & Moun­tain Hear­ing op­er­ates five award-win­ning clin­ics across South­west­ern On­tario.

Hear­ing Aids Start­ing at only $450/each Free Hear­ing Screen­ings, no re­fer­ral nec­es­sary All Hear­ing Aids legally pre­scribed by Hamil­ton’s First Doc­tor of Au­di­ol­ogy

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