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.
M is for Memory. “What was that last thing my husband asked me to pick up from the store?” “How often did the doctor say I should take this medication?” If you consistently have trouble remembering pieces of information that are told to you, a hearing test may be a good idea. Straining to follow a conversation (from any amount of hearing loss) zaps more of your attention and leaves you with less mental energy to process information to memory. Don’t ignore this early sign of hearing difficulty, and speak to your audiologist today. We have many options to ease your listening activities, so that conversations are a pleasure and not a burden.