Admitting hearing loss is difficult. We don’t like to think of ourselves as old or somehow “defective.” We want to believe we are forever 25, in perfect health, and fit as a fiddle. The reality is that one in six Australians have some degree of hearing loss. Above the age of 65, that number shoots up to one in three. It doesn’t make you old or mean there’s something wrong with you. More importantly there are some potentially dangerous consequences of avoiding the problem or pretending it doesn’t exist.
- Perhaps the most dangerous is miscommunication with medical personnel. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are noisy places with a wide variety of background noises, precisely the type of situation that is hardest to hear in. Missing important information regarding your condition or treatment could be life-threatening. Not hearing the doctor’s questions can result in them not having a full understanding of your condition. According to a recent study conducted in Ireland, nearly half of all patients over 60 admitted to incorrectly hearing information from a medical provider. Unfortunately, those who mishear often don’t ask clarifying questions.
- Hearing your boss, while not life-threatening, is crucial to keeping your job. Many people don’t like repeating themselves, and no boss will be happy about work done incorrectly or not according to specific instructions. Losing a job is a serious consequence.
- There are numerous safety issues that spawn from untreated hearing loss. You may not hear a siren, especially if the radio is on. Perhaps you don’t hear an injured friend or family member calling for you over the sound of the TV. You may miss someone warning you of an impending danger such as something hot or something falling.
- Leaving hearing loss untreated can also have serious deleterious effects on your mental health. It can lead to irritability, loneliness, depression, and fatigue.
The good news is that it can often be treated. At The Hearing Care Shop, we have a full staff and hundreds of partners to assist you in finding the right solution for you. Our staff is kind, patient, compassionate, and ready to help.