When we think of taking care of health, we often think of regular exercise, choosing to eat nutritious food, as well as making sure we have time to wind down and rest. While they’re great habits, these aren’t the only things we can do to improve our wellbeing.
Usually, hearing loss is gradual and goes unnoticed for a period of time until it is too late. With proactiveness, it can be prevented and treated earlier.
It’s important that we have regular check-ups with an otolaryngologist, better known as ENTs, to examine the current state of our inner ear and our ability to perceive sound.
I Was Already Tested And I Already Have Hearing Aids
It’s easy to think it’s the end of the story and most people do. However, hearing loss is often a gradual process, especially when due to natural causes. In these cases, it’s difficult for the patient to identify whether there it has continued to deteriorate. Regular visits to the doctor would alert you to its present condition and impede it from worsening.
Keep in mind that as everything else changes so does the inner structure of your ear, and your capacity to hear, whether this was influenced by external or internal bodily factors.
In the case of a steady decline of hearing, your hearing aids would eventually become ineffective as they match your needs less and less. This technology is designed for long-term use but still has a certain lifespan and is limited to aid specific levels of hearing. A specialist could check your device for wear and tear, and see if it is still viable for use.
A trip to an otolaryngologist could also help hinder further deterioration of your capability to recognize sound since they could provide much-needed advice or other remedies.
Possible Implications Brought By Hearing Impairments
When left untreated, hearing problems could have adverse effects that negatively influence quality of life. These are a few:
Isolation/loneliness – Due to limits in hearing, it makes it more difficult for people who are hard of hearing to socialise and build relationships. Poor hearing is often a cause for misunderstanding and hurting friendships. Usually, those with hearing loss voluntarily steer away from others to avoid these distressing occurrences.
Depression – Isolation leads to eventual depression. Healthy, positive relationships are essential to a person’s quality of life. It’s one of the foundations for holistic growth and development. Being alone for immensely long periods of time usually does brings a person to this dark emotional state.
Miscommunication – Problems arising from delivering the wrong information can be complicated and hard to settle. When this is delayed, a string of issues can result and fixing these errors can be time-consuming and costly with long-term damage to personal or working ties. For businesses, these worst-case scenarios end in damaged reputations and a decline in revenue.
Take charge of your auditory health, and be proactive enough to do what’s necessary before things take a turn for the worse. It doesn’t hurt to give your ENT a “hi and hello” every now and then. Consult with them now how often you should meet because frequency from person to person will vary. For reliable and professional hearing advice, contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.