The Benefits of a Hearing Aid Fitting
Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the United States yet only an estimated 20% of people who have hearing loss, treat it with hearing devices. Hearing aids fit by a trained audiologist help to improve your communication ability and decrease listening effort. A hearing aid fitting and hearing aid usage also has a number of other benefits including slowing cognitive decline, reduce tinnitus annoyance, and increased quality of life!
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia and other cognitive declines. The sections of the brain responsible for auditory processing begin to atrophy with untreated hearing loss thus making speech more difficult to understand. Wearing hearing aids has been shown to slow that decline.
Tinnitus is commonly associated with hearing loss. Wearing hearing aids can help reduce the prevalence or annoyance levels of tinnitus for a person. By correcting the hearing loss, you are less likely to perceive the tinnitus.
Quality of life increases with hearing aid fitting because once a person is able to hear better, they are better able to participate in conversations. They are less likely to skip social events where they could not previously hear. People can easily converse with friends and loved ones and become active participants in conversations.
By treating your hearing loss with appropriate amplification, you are not only benefitting your hearing but you are benefiting your entire wellbeing!