Why you should seek help if a hearing impairment is suspected:
- Hearing connects us to other human beings. Our ability to communicate allows us to have easy relationships with others. Relationships are the essence of most people’s quality of life.
- Hearing is one of only 5 senses that deliver information about the outside world to the brain. Your thinking patterns and knowledge about the world around you is highly reliant on what you see and what you hear. Long term hearing loss can influence the way your brain understands your world.
- Hearing loss can be slow and gradual and may encroach so slowly on your quality of life that you may not realise how much your hearing and life have changed from their normal state.
- Detecting and diagnosing a hearing loss closer to its onset is important because sometimes we can prevent it from getting worse.
- Treating a hearing loss earlier means that replaced sound is easier to get used to.
- Hearing loss that remains untreated may progress at a faster rate than hearing loss that has been properly diagnosed and rehabilitated, due to the lack of stimulation to certain parts of the nerve in the cochlear.
- Hearing loss changes the way the brain understands speech, for example, long term hearing loss that is untreated affects your word recognition skills.
- There is evidence that long term hearing loss that remains untreated has an impact on memory and thinking skills.
It is important to diagnose the reason for a hearing loss, because:
- Some hearing losses are medically or surgically treatable and if left untreated it may become permanent.
- Some hearing losses may be indicators of more serious underlying conditions that may need to receive immediate attention.
- Although some types of hearing losses are permanent, if they are managed well, we may slow the hearing loss down.
- Hearing with less effort leads to less fatigue, less stress and better relationships with other people.