Hearing aids have come a long way in recent years! It’s no surprise that with the technological and medical advances we’ve seen in the past few decades, hearing aids have been streamlined and modernized a great deal.
In addition to general advancement of the industry, the Boomer generation is aging, and with that comes much attention to the needs and enrichment of seniors. Hearing health is of major concern to people over age 65, in fact, it is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. One in three people over the age of 65 experience hearing loss and those odds increase when you turn 75 years old. But, with a proper diagnosis, hearing loss can be treated and you can return to your full and active life.
The impact of hearing loss
Initial hearing loss might make itself known through conversations with others. One mumble every now and again is common, but if you find that most conversations you are having are indistinguishable, your hearing health might be in decline.
More than just a mere annoyance, hearing loss can have a profound impact on your mental and emotional health. When conversations with others become daunting, some people with hearing loss begin to avoid interactions with others. As social animals, that can quickly become isolating. For others, hearing loss can feel like an embarrassing condition associated with old age. Depression or frustration might be among the feelings associated with hearing loss.
The impact of intervention
Once confronted, though, hearing loss can be treated. While we never recover our healthy hearing of the past, we can take steps to mitigate the impact and restore confidence and normalcy through the integration of hearing aids.
Whereas untreated hearing loss may have steered you away from conversations with friends, loved ones or strangers, the support of hearing aids and other hearing loss interventions invites verbal connection back into your life. Beyond hearing aids, this might take the shape of support groups, or practicing tips and tricks from other folks with hearing loss into your social repertoire.
What does your lifestyle require?
Once you’ve gotten a diagnosis of hearing loss from your audiologist, the two of you will work together to determine if hearing aids are right for you. In these discussions, let your audiologist know if you have an active lifestyle that requires consideration in making their recommendation. In the past, moisture was an absolute death knell for hearing aid technology. But, times have changed.
If you’re an avid gym rat, you will likely want a hearing aid option that deals well with moisture. If you spend all of your free time cycling, you’ll benefit by checking out hearing aids that specifically reduce the impact of wind on your sound experience. Are you the type to hoist the sails? If so, while they tend to fall at the higher end of hearing aid choices, some manufacturers even produce hearing aids you can wear while sailing!
Toss preconceptions out the window
Today’s hearing aids are almost uniformly sleek and subtle, but they can still be visible. As hearing aid technology is further embraced by American boomers, the old-fashioned ideas about hearing aids are dissolving away.
And remember, hearing aids aren’t just for older folks. Many young people with diagnosed hearing loss also decide to enhance their lives by turning to hearing aids. Garth Baker of Short Twin Falls, Idaho lost part of his hearing due to a noise event twenty years ago. He now compares wearing hearing aids to wearing glasses. As Baker puts it, just part of “bringing yourself back to as close as normal as you can.”
Now a pilot, Baker never let his hearing loss stop him from pursuing adventure. He calls his hearing aids “amazing” and says that, “From the moment I put them in, it changed my life.”
Seeking treatment for hearing loss
If you are ready to experience the benefits of improved hearing, contact us! We will help guide you on the route to healthier hearing. Together, we’ll work with you to find a solution that supports your active lifestyle and allows you to pursue your own new adventure!