Hearing loss is common among older people, and while it may not seem like something you have to treat—there may be health concerns if you don’t.
On average, approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffer from hearing loss. As we age, that number continues to climb to 1 in 3. Hearing loss, however, can be treated. We experience the world through five main senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing. Losing one of those senses is like removing a part of yourself from the world. Treating your hearing loss is important to stay sharp, safe, productive, and most of all, happy.
Sharp as a knife. How well you hear affects your brain’s ability to perform at its’ highest level. While the link between hearing and brain degeneracy is not entirely understood, studies have shown that hearing loss seems to accelerate age-related brain shrinkage, cognitive impairment, and risk of dementia.
Staying safe. Sound is a good way for us to indicate potential dangers. In the age before civilization, missing the faintest rustling of a bush could have meant the end for you in the form of a saber-toothed cat. Now, it may come through the honk of a car; something you definitely don’t want to miss.
Staying productive at work. Hearing loss could put your job at risk if it affects the quality of your work.
Staying happy. If you can’t hear what people are saying, you’ll likely shy away from conversations. It may leave you frustrated, embarrassed, angry, or all three at the same time. This frustration may cause you to avoid socializing, which can lead to depression. Unless you treat your hearing loss and use the technology available, these feelings may never go away.
Medicare doesn’t cover routine hearing exams nor hearing aids. Make sure that you have a health insurance plan that fits your needs should you suffer from hearing loss. Contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon.