No, you do not have to get hearing aids, but you might really want to consider this information. You may think your hearing really is not that bad or that mechanical recording devices cost too much. So you're considering putting off getting them later. So what if you have to turn up the TV and ask people to repeat more often. What people do not realize is the longer you wait for treatment hearing loss, the more difficult it can be to correct.
The brain actually explains what we hear. If you have a hearing loss, even a mild loss, the brain is not receiving all of the information it needs. Over the years, the brain actually loses its ability to process sound that it no longer hears. It promises how to make sense of those sounds. The saying, “if you do not use it, you lose it” applies here. This phenomenon is known as auditory deprivation. Even when those forgotten sounds are reintroduced through hearing aid amplification, the brain may not be able to effectively use this new information. Sounds are amplified but not give the needed clarity to understand speech easily.
At this point in time, there is no medication or surgery that can correct nerve loss. However, if you seek help in time, hearing aids can help. I like to think of these listening devices as exercise machines that stimulate the remaining nerve endings and auditory parts of the brain. These options not only enhance what is left of your hearing but they actually preserve or maintain your ability to process sounds and make sense of conversation. As long as you continue to stimulate what's left of your hearing, you can expect to understand quite well even if your changes changes over time. As long as you get help in time.
Quality of Life
Untreated hearing loss can affect you and your loved ones, emotionally and socially. Asking people to repeat frequently, only to have them shout at you, takes its toll on your relationships. People get frustrated with one another and blame each other for mumbling or for not listening. You may feel embarrassed and left out of conversation – even isolated. Over time, most people with hearing loss begin to withdraw socially as communication becomes more difficult. This social isolation can lead to feelings of depression and anger. So do not let this happen to you!
Make an informed choice today!
Consider the costs of untreated hearing loss. If you still feel the need to wait, remember that it is your decision. But do not wait too long! The sooner you seek help, the better! If finances are an issue, talk with your hearing healthcare provider about your options. They will be able to guide you to an informed choice about you and your hearing health, for now and in the years to come!