It’s that time of year again to raise awareness for communication disorders. May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and the goal is to encourage people to take action if they or a loved one might have a problem with their hearing or speech. Approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, but adults wait an average of seven years before they seek help.
It’s easy to immediately see the effects of untreated hearing loss such as mishearing what people say or losing that connection with family and friends. After time, untreated hearing loss can result in more serious issues such as social withdrawal and depression. Hearing loss has also been linked to declining brain function, balance problems and cardiovascular health issues.
Many cases of hearing loss can be treated and improved with hearing aids, but there’s still a stigma associated with wearing them. People think it makes them look too old or weak when hearing aids actually have the opposite effect.
Another reason for the delay in seeking treatment is that the brain adapts to the changes in decreased hearing and the hearing loss is not recognized by the patient. When treated with amplification, it is very different than what the brain remembers. The brain has to adapt to these changes. Effective patient follow up is a vital key to a patient adapting.
There are also people with hearing aids whose complaints have not been adequately addressed by the audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Using hearing aids has been reported to improve self-esteem, social life and relationships with loved ones. It also helps the brain stay active and decrease chances of cognitive decline.
If you or someone you love are concerned about hearing loss, listen to the message of Better Hearing & Speech Month and tell you primary care doctor, otolaryngologist or audiologist. Once your hearing loss is diagnosed, you can start down the path towards better hearing.
Central Florida Hearing Services is hosting a happy hour in celebration of Better Hearing & Speech Month. If you would like to learn more about how hearing aids can help you, join us May 24th from 4 to 7 pm for wine, snacks, complimentary batteries, a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite or Henry & David gift basket! Space is limited so call (863) 386-9111 today to RSVP.
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