Here are some facts and statistics that were shared with us from The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIDC), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and we would like to share them with you.
Facts like these aren’t meant to scare you, but rather to try to encourage you to be more mindful of the role hearing health plays in our overall health. By understanding how our hearing impacts our bodies, and vice versa, we can work towards improving our overall quality of life!
One of the most obvious effects of hearing loss is the difficulty with communicating effectively with others and enjoying typical sounds of everyday life, like birds singing and children laughing. But did you know that any type of hearing — from mild to severe — can have an impact on your physical health, too?
Studies show that hearing loss in some cases may also indicate other very serious underlying health issues such as diabetes and cardiac disease.
The research also suggests that allowing hearing loss to go untreated can significantly increase any of these impacts on your overall health.
It all starts with a hearing test. If you or someone you know is concerned they may have hearing loss, contact us today.
“When a family member has a hearing loss, the whole family has a hearing problem” -Mark Ross.
Hearing loss does not occur in a vacuum. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.
Living with someone who can’t hear can be frustrating, especially when they are unaware of the problem. If they constantly ask you to repeat yourself, turn up the volume on the television to an uncomfortable level, or have trouble hearing the telephone, microwave or doorbell chime, it might be time to have a heart-to-heart chat. Pick a quiet time when the two of you are in a good mood and you can talk uninterrupted. Use a firm, caring tone that is not judgmental or condescending.
Regardless of who is on the receiving end of this serious health conversation, try to also have a sense of humour. Being able to laugh together can help diffuse the situation and put both of you at ease.