Susan began her full time career with Welsch Hearing Aid Company in December, 1984 as the Office Manager. On March 5, 1985, she became a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. In 1994, she passed her National Board for Certification Examination.
Untreated hearing loss is a major problem in the world these days. Many people don’t know that they have untreated hearing loss, or perhaps they are intimidated by the process of treating hearing loss. It’s important for anyone who has this condition to realize the social benefits, financial benefits, and even cognitive health benefits that treating hearing loss can have.
Prevalence of Hearing Loss
In the United States, there are 48 million people who have hearing problems. This is about 20 percent of the population that reports some kind of hearing problem. A full 25 percent have tinnitus for at least 5 minutes per year. So, this is not a small problem. More than 25 million of these people don’t have a hearing aid.
This means that there’s a real problem with those who have hearing issues not seeking treatment. It’s becoming an epidemic in the country and it’s completely unnecessary. It’s important for people to know that there are financial benefits, emotional benefits, social benefits and cognitive health benefits to getting the hearing problem fixed.
Many people just aren’t paying attention and don’t realize how much of a boost to their quality of life they could have just by fixing this issue.
Social Benefits of Treating Hearing Problems
Not being able to hear what other people are saying can really get in the way of communicating with them. In general, benefits of treating the issue include that your social life and ability to communicate with people will improve since you’ll actually be able to hear what they are saying.
You also have the benefit of having an increased ability to stay connected with your friends and family. Staying connected means that you’ll have increased support from them with whatever other issues you might have in general. This will also help to reduce any feeling of social isolation that you might have, for example. You’ll be more likely to be active and to get out and do things!
More communication means that you’ll be able to reduce states like depression and anxiety. You will also be able to communicate with people in a way that can help lead you to reducing the amount of stress that you have. Hearing issues can mean that you will naturally turn inward and disconnect from those around you.
This is a dangerous thing for a lot of reasons. Not only will it absolutely have a negative impact on your emotional wellbeing, but it can lead to people not being around when you need their help.
According to the John Hopkins study on untreated hearing problems, there’s some indication that not treating hearing issues can lead directly to losing mental abilities. This means that if you treat the problem early enough, you could absolutely reduce the chances that you end up with cognitive issues such as dementia.
The brain needs stimulation and hearing is a huge part of that. With less hearing, you’re more likely to stop engaging with the world which will in turn potentially lead to losing the ability to think as sharply as you once were able to generally.
It’s a fact that those who take care of their ears and hearing tend to earn more than those who have hearing issues. This is due to the fact that those who have better hearing will be more aware when it comes to what’s happening around them at work. They will tend to be more productive since they have more to go on, they can speak to their colleagues, they will be more engaged and interested as well as happier in general. Financial benefits tend to synergize with happiness as well since you end up having more money to spend on the things that reduce your stress. Reduction of stress makes it easier for you to make money too, so it’s a positive feedback loop. All of this can be achieved simply by reducing hearing loss problem as quickly as possible.
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