First things first, what is an Audiologist?
An Audiologist deals with everything related to your ears and hearing health. They are trained hearing experts who evaluate, measure, treat, counsel, and rehabilitate. There are many things that can go wrong with your hearing and many different treatment options available to treat hearing problems. An Audiologist will recommend the best solution for you based on your individual needs, not the needs of their own pockets or business targets.
It’s good to note that it’s an Audiologist you need to visit when you have a problem with your hearing, not a hearing aid dispenser. Hearing aid dispensers are not qualified to evaluate your hearing or give you a professional diagnosis. It’s also good to note that people under 18 are required by law to be treated by an Audiologist for a hearing loss, not a hearing aid dispenser.
Why is hearing health important?
When you have a problem with your car, you go to a mechanic. To treat your teeth, you go to the dentist. Can’t see properly? Take a trip to the Optometrist. Likewise, if you have a problem with your hearing, you should visit an Audiologist. However, there are plenty of people out there who let their hearing health sit on the back burner. Perhaps they’re afraid of wearing chunky or unattractive hearing aids. If this sounds like you, here are some thoughts to nudge you in the right direction – towards your local Audiologist.
Look after your hearing health to protect your social life
Untreated hearing loss can have a large negative impact on people’s social lives and relationships. Going out to meet friends or family can become difficult and awkward when you have a hearing loss. To save the embarrassment, exhaustion, or stress of straining to hear conversations, often people isolate themselves. Treating your hearing loss can get you up and running again.
Look after your hearing health to nourish your relationships
Hearing loss is pretty exhausting – it often comes along with doses of frustration, irritability, stress, lack of self-esteem, and even depression. Needless to say, this can all put a huge strain on relationships with family and friends, especially if they have no idea what you’re going through. Being open with your loved ones and asking them for their support while you get your hearing loss treated can help to bring you closer again.
Look after your hearing health to protect your brain health
Hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline for a number of reasons. Things like social isolation, depression, and stress, which often come along with hearing loss, are not good for your brain. But did you know that hearing loss also directly impacts brain function?
When you have a hearing loss, your brain gets less stimulation than it used to and becomes weak, just like a muscle does if it’s not used. Leave a hearing problem untreated for too long and it gets harder to treat because your brain is no longer strong enough to adapt as easily to treatment. Some studies show that hearing loss can contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Don’t wait to get your hearing problems checked
Research shows that people wait an average of 7 years before getting their hearing checked from the time they first notice a problem. Waiting this long can cause so many difficulties, so much stress, and will not help in the long run. Studies show that within 3 months of wearing hearing aids, 90% of people say that their quality of life improved. This can include improved well-being, physical health, cognitive health, self-esteem, independence, social life, relationships, and reduced anxiety.
Don’t suffer in silence with untreated hearing loss. Click here to get in touch with us at Long Life Hearing to see how we can help you today. Our Audiologist Dr. Hadassah Kupfer Au.D. will help you find the right solution for your hearing loss, and in turn help to improve your overall well-being.
Dr. Hadassah Kupfer is a highly qualified and community-focused Audiologist, serving the Mill Basin community. Her extremely friendly and relationship-focused approach combines the expertise and resources of a high-end city practice with the comfort and warmth of a community physician. Both of Hadassah’s parents are doctors, along with many other relatives who also practice a range of medical professions.