By higginshear24209522, Apr 25 2019 05:57PM
“Older adults with hearing loss have a three-fold risk of falls, which comprised the largest percentage of deaths from unintentional injuries between 2007 to 2016”. This is a quote from this month’s Hearing Journal, and it resonated with me, as I watched my own mother fall several times, break bones, have surgeries and extended stays at the hospital. At that time, we didn’t realize how her untreated hearing loss may be contributing to these falls. She was stubborn, and finally, after she turned 80 years old, she let me fit her with new hearing aids. She felt, she said, hearing aids would make her “feel old”. Even though today’s hearing aids are certainly not what they were, even ten years ago, she was against being tested and fit, even knowing it was her own daughter who could help her. This was a very hard few years in our lives.
I am willing to bet you know someone who fits this description. Information is imperative, and that is what I’d like to impart here. There are a few risks from untreated hearing loss, unintentional falling is one. The other is a possibility of dementia. When the brain quits receiving sound signals, it may get lazy, as it’s a muscle needing stimulus to continue to be vital. Sound is a vital stimulus, and when it’s removed, our brains will react in the negative. What else can happen when someone has untreated hearing loss? Feelings of isolation and depression. This makes sense, considering the sounds of our world keep us connected to it, and each other. Hearing the birds in the Spring when our windows can finally be opened can bring a smile to anyone’s face, unless it’s impossible to hear them. The little people in our lives, such as our grandchildren, quite often have voices we can’t hear clearly without help. How sad to not hear those precious voices!
Most hearing aid offices will offer a trial period for new hearing aids. In the state of MI, it’s the law. I highly suggest using this service. You can really get an idea of how it feels and also how truly wonderful it is to be a part of the world again. Since it does take a bit of time to get used to new sound, a trial period is essential as adjustments can be made in the hearing aids to fine tune them over a period of a few weeks.
Don’t put it off. Give us a call, let us test your hearing, or that of your loved ones. We will give you honest and forthright answers to your questions, explain the hearing test, and explain in detail what we would recommend. There is no obligation if you choose not to keep the new hearing aids, but you will never know what you are missing if you don’t give it a try!