We believe in educating our patients about their hearing health.
Hearing Health at
Mid Island Audiology
Although hearing loss is extremely common – approximately 15% of adults in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss – it’s not very well understood by many people. At Mid Island Audiology, we believe our role is to help educate patients like you on what hearing loss is, how it works, what hearing aids can do for you, and what you can expect from hearing solutions. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to make decisions about your hearing and the more empowered you’ll feel to take charge of your hearing treatment.
Overall, better hearing means you will have better health. Your hearing is connected to your health and well-being. Better hearing also means you will be able to better communicate with the people who matter to you. This can lead to spending more time with loved ones, feeling more energized, and enjoying life to the fullest. Hearing is an important part of your well-being, don’t let hearing loss affect your health.
and the Brain
Our ability to hear is deeply connected to our overall health and well-being. This is because we don’t hear when sound reaches our ears, but when sound reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. Many people don’t realize that we hear with our brain. This is known as Brain Hearing. When sound reaches the auditory cortex, it is then transformed into information and processed. That information is then stored as memory. When you have hearing loss, your brain misses out on certain sounds and frequencies that it needs to stay active and healthy.
When hearing loss is left untreated, then your brain doesn’t receive the proper stimulation it needs and often has to work harder just to hear the little it can. This often results in feelings of fatigue or exhaustion after social interactions. This can lead to social isolation because you feel too tired to socialize with other people or you may feel embarrassed because you can’t hear the conversation well. Over time, this can lead to cognitive decline and even dementia.
Studies have proven there is a link between hearing loss and dementia. In fact, the risk of dementia increases by 36% for those who have a hearing loss that is greater than 25dB. Adults over the age of 60 who have moderate-to-severe hearing loss have a higher risk of experiencing cognitive decline or dementia.
There is good news though. Hearing aids can effectively manage your hearing loss and provide the brain with the proper stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy. Hearing aids will help you to hear sounds and frequencies you couldn’t before. They will also give you the confidence to engage with other people and be apart of the conversation again. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from being with the ones you love. Call us today to schedule an appointment and discover how hearing aids can help you hear – and feel – your best.
What Are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
Since hearing loss is a gradual process, some people don’t even identify it right away. Often times, a close friend or family member will notice the signs of hearing loss before you do. If you have noticed any of the following signs, then you may have hearing loss:
- You have to turn the TV up louder in order to understand.
- You find yourself complaining about people mumbling.
- You ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis.
- You miss the punchline of a joke, but you laugh anyway so no one notices.
- You spend less time with friends and family because it’s harder to hold a conversation than it used to be.
If any of these sounds familiar, it might be time to get your hearing checked. It’s important to be proactive about your hearing health and schedule annual hearing appointments, so we can catch any signs of hearing loss early. Early prevention is crucial to preserving your speech comprehension and hearing ability.