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The Link Between Life Expectancy And Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is often seen as a natural part of the aging process. However, many people don't know that hearing loss can reduce life expectancy. In this article, we will look at the link between life expectancy and hearing loss. Also, we will discuss how you can still have a quality life, even if you have hearing loss.

Family, Hearing Loss and Protection

Family members will all have to play their part in the person's daily life who is experiencing hearing loss. They must make sure that the TV and other audio speakers face the person living with hearing loss and that they have access to closed captioning. It's not just about hearing loss or that the family routine will have to be rearranged. There are a lot of other things that come with it. 

And since hearing loss is irreversible, what are you and your family doing to protect yourself from the consequences of loud noises at work or in your personal life? First, you can never go wrong with using hearing protection. Three different types will suit any need: earplugs, noise-canceling headphones and traditional headphones. Each type offers a unique way to isolate outside noises so you can focus on what's important without being distracted by every little sound around you.

Another responsibility of the family will be that someone has to be with you at all times when out in public. 

Mortality And Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is associated with a number of health conditions that can impact the quality of life. For example, hearing loss has been linked to increased rates of depression, cognitive decline, incident dementia, impaired activities of daily living, increased falls and increased hospitalizations. These associations underscore the importance of early identification and treatment of hearing loss. 

According to a recent study, people who do not treat or correct their hearing loss have higher rates of accident-related mortality. Even with the highest traffic safety standards and advanced technology in vehicles, accidents still happen! If you cannot hear your surroundings properly while driving on the road, it is time to seek help from a hearing instrument specialist (HIS).

Hearing aids are one form of treatment that can help improve the quality of life for those who experience hearing loss. 

Making Life Better

Hearing loss can impact your hearing and communication, making everyday tasks more difficult. In addition, the hearing world is different from the person experiencing hearing loss, as you need hearing aids for them to hear correctly. This means that it's not just about hearing better but also being able to pick up on higher frequencies which those who are close with someone with hearing loss might not be able to pick up on.

Hearing aids are an investment, both in terms of time and money. So, you want them to work correctly for the most extended amount of time possible. This is why a HIS can help you with this.

People who have hearing problems generally need some serious hearing devices to handle their hearing problems. As a result, the hearing aid industry has boomed in the last decade, with many different types of hearing aids now available on the market. There are hearing aids that sit in the ear (ITE) or behind the ear (BTE).

There's no perfect hearing aid for everyone, so HIS are trained to help you find the right hearing aid for your hearing loss. To get the most out of your device, it is best to keep your hearing devices charged and clean. If they turn off at some point during the day, there might be something wrong with their power supply. 

If you want to have a hearing solution, it is best to visit your HIS for advice

A HIS does not only provide the appropriate hearing aid but also make sure that your device works properly and can provide optimal results. Hearing aids help to improve your quality of life by helping you hear better. In addition, they allow for increased communication with others, enhanced participation in everyday activities and independence that comes from staying connected to the world around us.

Several health benefits can be gained when wearing hearing aids regularly:

  • Hear and understand communication with others
  • Improve balance and decrease the risk of falls.
  • Lower your risk of mental decline

For more information on different kinds of hearing aids or how you can live a fuller life, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Niagara Hearing and Speech Clinic, at 905-938-1661.