The sooner you take action, the sooner you put a stop to the negative effects of hearing loss, and the sooner you begin to regain sharpness, confidence and control.
You wouldn’t put off getting glasses if you were having trouble seeing. Hearing loss is not something you should just “put up with.” On average, people tend to wait five to seven years between first experiencing hearing loss symptoms and actually seeking help. Research shows there are good reasons to begin hearing loss treatment sooner rather than later.
Early intervention prevents your brain from forgetting what to do.
- Over time, reduced stimulation to your ears and brain can actually impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognize speech. Once speech recognition deteriorates, it is only partially recoverable when hearing aids are in place.
Early intervention slows cognitive decline and communication problems.
- When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness and communication abilities suffer.
Early intervention improves the use of hearing aids themselves.
- The earlier people begin to use hearing aids, the more comfortable they are with them, and the easier it is to learn to use them to greatest advantage. If your world has been mostly silent, it can take longer to adapt to once again hearing all the little environmental sounds like fans, airplanes and footsteps.
Top 10 Reasons for Early Treatment:
- Ability to hear more and better; maintained ability to recognize speech
- Better interpersonal relationships and less negative, dysfunctional communication
- Reduced depression, anxiety, and emotional instability
- Fewer instances of confusion and disorientation
- Increased ability to concentrate and multitask
- Better memory skills and greater ability to learn new material
- Increased sense of being alert and aware of personal safety
- Greater earning power
- Feeling of being more in control of things
- Feeling of being less discriminated against
(information sourced from Hearing-Aid.com)