The Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss

While it is estimated that hearing loss affects more than 30 million people in the United States, only a small percentage of people choose to proactively treat their hearing conditions. On average, a person will wait almost a decade before seeking help. That is a long time to live with a condition that contributes to emotional and mental health decline, leads to a loss of confidence in the workplace, and can even lead to higher risks of cognitive decline.

Take control of your hearing health

At Florida Audiology Associates, we believe in empowering people to take control of their hearing health. Because hearing loss is so difficult to self-diagnose, many people are unaware of the significance of their hearing loss. In the simplest terms, we don’t know what we are missing.
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Why hearing loss is difficult to self-diagnose

In cases of age-related and noise-induced hearing loss, the onset of symptoms can be difficult to recognize in ourselves. This is because of their slow and subtle nature. In both instances, it is the fine hair cells of the inner ear that cease to function optimally. Over time, due to the natural aging process or repeated exposure to excessive noise, these cells begin to decay. They are non-regenerative, which means that they don’t repair themselves when damaged nor do they replicate or produce new versions. Instead, we simply lose functionality.

These cells are responsible for capturing the noise of the external world and delivering sound information to the brain via the auditory nerve. In the brain’s processing centers, meaning and language are made from this sound information.

As our receptive inner ear cells degenerate, less sound information is sent to the brain. Difficulty with speech clarity is one of the first indicators of hearing loss, and so you might find yourself asking the folks you’re in conversation with to speak up or repeat themselves. Typically, most patients will report saying "I can hear you, but I can't understand you."

Receiving a diagnosis from a trained hearing professional is the only way to know how hearing loss is impacting your life and the steps you might take to return to a better hearing reality.

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Mental and emotional impact

Hearing loss doesn’t go away, in fact, it usually worsens over time. When we don’t have a clear medical hearing loss diagnosis, we tend to slowly change our behavior to cope with our loss of healthy hearing. For many people, this means that they avoid conversations and situations that are now effortful and frustrating. Social isolation is one of the most reported outcomes associated with hearing loss. 

Depression is also strongly associated with hearing loss. Scientists and medical researchers have long warned of this link, but recent studies reveal that there is a significant link between hearing loss and moderate to severe depression, most strongly present among those under 70 years of age and women. 

When people invest in hearing solutions, they report improved relationships which can stem isolation and depressive tendencies. 

Improved confidence in the workplace

One of the leading concerns facing people with hearing loss is its effect on their professional prospects and performance. Meetings become exhausting and confusing and we’re less likely to feel in control of our communication with others on our team. In fact, seeking more confidence in the workplace while living with hearing loss is reported as a highly motivating factor in deciding to pursue treatment. 

Beyond enhanced hearing, taking control of your hearing reality can inspire confidence simply by confronting your condition.

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Decrease risks of Dementia

Because of the previously mentioned connection between how we hear and the work our brains do to process sound, we are learning more and more about the ways untreated hearing loss can lead to increased risks of cognitive disorders. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease have strong links with hearing loss and researchers posit the correlation exists because of the implications due to depriving our brains of the sound information it expects.

Not only does intervening in hearing loss help to restore more sound information to the brain, it also helps us to participate in the activities that help delay or prevent Dementia. Exercise, mobility, relationships, and conversation all help us engage more fully in life and all are made more accessible when hearing loss is being treated.

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Sharon Byers
Sharon Byers
Highly recommend Dr. Smith & Florida Audiology. Friendly, courteous & professional staff. Dr. Smith is very thorough. Listens to your concerns & symptoms. Explains results & course of treatment & answers any questions. Very pleased.
MaryJane Foster
MaryJane Foster
I had a very thorough hearing exam and I knew I was losing some hearing. Dr. Smith treated me with kindness, respect, and truth. I would recommend her to anyone. Great place to go for a hearing assessment. And the hearing aids I bought work great!!!
Gloria Sumner
Gloria Sumner
Only needed to have a tube replaced, but the young lady at the front desk was friendly and with a smile and Dr. Smith is awesome.
Virginia Kritzman
Virginia Kritzman
Amazing Audiologist!
Laura Bertoncini
Laura Bertoncini
I had a wonderful experience at this office. The front desk personnel was friendly and welcoming! The doctor was experienced and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this practice.
Walter Servis
Walter Servis
Very prompt efficient. And professional no hard sales questions would recommend anybody to go to them.
Laura Jean Logan
Laura Jean Logan
I am so grateful to have Dr Leigh Smith as my audiologist. She took her time giving me a comprehensive hearing test and found specifically what hearing loss I have in each ear. She explained the findings and fitted me with new hearing aides. The minute I put them on I was astounded at the quality of hearing. I’ve had them about 2 weeks now and my tinnitus has improved as well. Dr Leigh made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. I will be recommending Florida Audiology to anyone who needs a quality hearing test and hearing aides. My life is so much better with these hearing aides that Dr Leigh personally programmed for my needs.
John Fisher
John Fisher
Dr. Leigh and staff are awesome. She runs a friendly and professional office. I had a problem with my first hearing aids and she promptly replaced and tuned up the new ones in no time. Extremely pleased with the whole experience.

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