June has been declared National Mens’ Health Month. Hearing health affects a man’s lifestyle, and if he wants to stay active, feel younger, and remain socially and professionally engaged, he should address any hearing loss he may be experiencing. To help men address their hearing health and determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional, Timpanogos Hearing & Balance is offering a FREE HEARING CONSULTATION for all men in the month of June!
Studies show that men who address their hearing loss—with the use of hearing aids or other appropriate treatment and accommodations—most often improve their quality of life because it helps them maintain a more engaged, active lifestyle at both work and home. Fortunately, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. In fact, eight out of ten hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.
For decades, research has shown an association between unaddressed hearing loss and a whole range of physical, mental, and emotional conditions—from depression, anxiety, and strained relationships to cognitive decline, difficulty learning new tasks, and even falling. A national Better Hearing Institute study, in fact, uncovered income loss as an under-recognized consequence of leaving hearing loss untreated. People with untreated hearing loss, the study found, lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss. But the use of hearing aids was found to reduce the risk of income loss dramatically—by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate. The study also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use them.
In recent years, considerable information has emerged on the link between hearing loss and several common chronic diseases that men suffer—including heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. While research is still needed to fully understand the association between hearing loss and these illnesses, this relatively new information makes it all the more important that men take the BHI Hearing Check and include hearing health as part of their routine medical care.
For more information on National Men’s Health Week, visit www.menshealthmonth.org. For more information on why healthy hearing is an important part of a man’s overall health and quality of life, visit www.betterhearing.org.
A Technological Transformation
Many men enjoy and keep pace with the latest in consumer electronics. It’s surprising, then, to find that so many men are not fully aware of the technological revolution that has occurred in the hearing aid marketplace in the past few years. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness of recent advances holds many back from dealing with their hearing health.
To be informed healthcare consumers, men need to realize that today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids are highly effective, sleek, and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help them stay actively connected—not only to life, but also to their other prized electronics, from smartphones to home entertainment systems.
Here are five little-known facts about today’s modern hearing aids that active, youthful-minded men should know:
- They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside your ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.
- They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Whether it’s the rustling of leaves in the outdoors, easy conversation in a crowded restaurant, or the chirp of crickets on a late summer’s evening, recent technological advances have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.
- You can do water sports and sweat while wearing them. Waterproof, digital hearing aids have arrived. This new feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts, and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.
- They love your smartphone, home entertainment system, and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you—from your smartphone, iPod, television, and other beloved high-tech gadgets. What’s more, you own the volume. No one around you needs to be affected.
- They’re always at the ready. Some devices are actually placed in the ear canal by an audiologist, then left in 24 hours a day for up to 12 weeks! Talk about fix it and forget about it!
If you’d like to schedule your free hearing consultation with one of our award-winning audiologists FREE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, call us at 801-770-0801!
Information mostly reposted from BetterHearing.org