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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John Cuomo
John Cuomo
2022-09-02
Verified
Dr. Leigh Smith is a very knowledgeable Audiologist with a nice easy going personality. I was amazed at the complexity of the audio hearing program. Being an engineer, I can appreciate the technical aspects of the program.
S MH
S MH
2022-08-18
Verified
Leigh is very through and answered all of my questions. Everyone there is very helpful and nice.
fran mikutis
fran mikutis
2022-08-18
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I experienced a very favorable appointment. Couldn't be more pleased with the individual time spent. Thank you.
george baxter
george baxter
2022-08-07
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I t was wonderful to meet with Dr Leigh Smith and meet Yvette My hearing aids are much clearer , as Dr Leigh spent time with meAlways a pleasure, she is caring effecient , always has a smile
Donna Beatty
Donna Beatty
2022-08-05
Verified
I am totally satisfied with the warm professionalism Dr Smith provided- highly recommend her expertise!
Anthony Locacio
Anthony Locacio
2022-07-21
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Professional, courteous and patient explaining the process and results. Thank you Dr. Smith!
jeff szulinski
jeff szulinski
2022-07-13
Verified
Dr. Smith was awesome.explained everything possible to me .told me many things I did not know a super pleasant Woman. Kudos to her. 5stars isn’t enough.Deserves more. THANKYOU Dr.Smith.
Mary Ensor
Mary Ensor
2022-06-27
Verified
Very thorough and complete testing. Explained and very honest according to what I needed
Lorraine Palisi
Lorraine Palisi
2022-06-26
Verified
My 92yr old mom was referred to Dr Smith due to hearing loss even though she has hearing aides. Dr Smith treated my mom like her own family and took such wonderful care of her. She actually retested mom's hearing and thankfully reprogrammed her hearing aides as well. The hearing aides were not programmed where they should be leaving mom's hearing at 40%. Not good enough so with some tweeking and adjustments my mom's face lit up when she could actually hear our conversation. We were both so so happy that Dr Smith was able to treat mom from a medical standpoint instead of just audiology side. Again Dr Smith thank you with all of my heart.
John Luebbe
John Luebbe
2022-06-23
Verified
Great Doctor. Very knowledgeable.

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