You love your life
- The more enthusiastic about life you are, the more unlikely you are to let hearing loss stand in your way – you live your life fully and with gusto. Research shows people who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in their lives.
You’re a doer
- Research shows that people who wear their hearing aids are more likely to undertake problems head-on.
Your connections are important
- Rapport depends mainly on good communication. Treating your hearing loss lets your loved ones know that you want to stay connected and engaged in your relationships – you likely have a strong social network.
You love being active
- Wearing your hearing aids means that you are intent on staying in step with a fulfilling, healthy, active lifestyle.
You know how to use modern technology to optimize your life
- Modern hearing aids are a leader in personal consumer electronics. Your investment in state-of-the-art hearing aids proves that you are ready to glean the rewards that modern technology has to offer. Hearing aids come in a wide variety of styles and configurations – some that are not obvious to bystanders and others that are more visible but are stylish and integrate a varied range of shapes and colours along with custom molds.
Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians. It can be sudden or gradual, and it is quite common for someone to not realize they are developing hearing loss. On average, it takes 7 years to acknowledge and act on hearing loss. There are many causes, ranging from excess noise, illness, genetic factors and ototoxic drugs. Hearing loss affects all ages.
Signs of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
- Hearing people talk, but not understanding their words
- Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
- Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
- Trouble understanding the voices of women and children
- Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away
- Research shows that those living with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.
If you experience any of these signs, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor or hearing health professional. Recent research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged, the more challenging it will be to learn to cope with the changes. When we start using our hearing aids, we can re-train our brain, and rebuild and strengthen the connections that we used to hear.