Oh, to be young! Many people shy away from treating a hearing loss because it feels like they are resigning to old age. Ladies and gentlemen, this thinking could not be more wrong. When you pay attention to those people who take care of their hearing versus those who let it go unchecked– the former are often the ones who are living healthier, active, and more “youthful” lives. When I spot a person wearing a well-fit pair of hearing aids, I am IMPRESSED. The statement it makes is that this person (or who someone who cares about them) is proactive about their health and living life without limitations. And that is surely a symbol of youth.
Frequent requests for repetition are a classic sign of hearing loss.
However, family members of a patient will often tell me, “She hears me just fine she when chooses to pay attention!”
While it may appear to be true at times, this assumption does a major disservice to your loved one.
This is what is actually happening: your family member’s hearing loss is muffling and filtering out many sounds in your conversation. If they really focus on your face and pay close attention to the fragments that they’re hearing as well as the subject matter, their mind can compensate for their hearing loss by using these clues to fill in the blanks. However, this extra effort is is tiring, so it becomes easier to just tune out. In addition, when so much of the mind’s resources is spent on listening, there is less energy left over for remembering and processing what was actually said. In some cases of older adults, cognitive skills are not even strong enough to be relied upon. And if there’s background noise, it becomes that much harder to compensate.
People with hearing loss cannot passively listen and enjoy a conversation the way people with normal hearing do, so you can not expect them to always be interested in expending the extra effort to listen and participate. This is why they seem to be uninterested, inattentive or ask you “What?”
The resulting isolation (whether by choice or even unknowingly) is one of the worst effects of a hearing loss, both psychologically and socially.
If any of this sounds familiar, realize that your loved one might be limited by a hearing loss. Call 917-791-1510 to get on the road to better listening and better quality of life. We can help.
Isn’t that what life’s all about? Hearing our family, friends, workmates, doctors, friendly passersby and even our pets… without these connections, it is very difficult to function. When communicating with your loved one becomes a hassle because you need to strain your voice to speak loudly, or they swear they heard one thing when you know you said something else… it might be time to have an earnest conversation with them about their hearing health. By taking steps to manage hearing loss in its early stages, it is possible to ward off the downstream negative effects that unfortunately are all too common. Healthy hearing makes for healthy aging!
It’s no secret that life expectancy has improved from previous generations. Compare the average lifespan in the US of 69.77 in 1960, to 79.16 in 2015.
However, this blessing of added years often brings along chronic health issues, such as hearing loss, that place restrictions on daily activities.
By taking the proper steps to manage such conditions, we promote healthy aging: keeping ones cognitive and physical abilities in the best shape possible, in order to enjoy the Golden Years connected to the people and activities one loves.
If you suspect that you or someone you care about are being affected by a hearing loss, please give us a call at 917-791-1510 to fulfill those hearing needs, gracefully.
Individuals with hearing loss often struggle quietly, embarrassed to seek help or tell others about their difficulty that is not outwardly obvious. However, this attitude can lead to social isolation and withdrawal, which goes directly against healthy aging.