In 1961 mathematician Edward Lorenz wondered, “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” This idea resonates with people because we all know that seemingly insignificant actions can often trigger much larger reactions.
When it comes to hearing loss, the seemingly insignificant misunderstandings that arise from a word not correctly heard can carry huge consequences and place incredible strains on relationships at home and at work. Serial miscommunication can breed feelings of anger and resentment, affecting the quality of your life for years and years!
Untreated hearing loss can lead to misdiagnosed dementia
Did you know that people with moderate hearing loss can be misdiagnosed with dementia? This nearly happened in my family. My Mom (who lived across the country from me) was losing her hearing and my sisters were convinced it was dementia!
After a visit to Colorado, I was able to test her hearing and fit her with hearing aids. I was so happy at how quickly she adjusted. She began using her hearing aids fulltime right away – she didn’t like to be caught “without her ears on”! I’m happy to say she lived for 8 more years completely free of dementia.
The protracted wait for treatment
Sadly, the average person suffering from hearing loss waits 5 years before seeking treatment. That’s 5 years of misunderstanding and 5 years of people jumping to the wrong conclusion about why you aren’t following the gist of the conversation.
The longer you wait to get help, the more likely you are to begin dropping social engagements because it’s just too hard to hear, and just too embarrassing to ask people to repeat themselves. As a result, people with hearing loss suffer greater rates of depression than the average person.
It’s also 5 years of missing the beautiful sounds of life around you. I’ll forever remember the sweetness of the sound of my children’s voices when they were tiny. Time is so fleeting. 5 years is all it would take to completely miss out on those nuances.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way for you.
Getting the help you need
The sooner you get an accurate diagnosis, the better. A simple hearing test will give you the facts about what’s happening to your hearing. Those facts will be used to determine whether or not a hearing aid will work for you. If you qualify for hearing aids, you’ll be given all of the information you need to make an educated decision about what to do next.
If you choose to use hearing aids they will immediately amplify the sounds you’re missing and bring you back into the conversation. And isn’t it better for people to know you have hearing loss, rather than suspect you might be suffering from dementia? Or isn’t it better for people to know you have hearing loss that to think you’re ignoring them?
In order to find out whether or not hearing aids will help you, all you need to do is make an appointment for a hearing test. Then you’re on your way to getting the help you need.
At Colorado Ear Center, we believe in treating hearing loss as soon as it is diagnosed. We never like seeing people dropping out of life’s best moments when they have an easily treatable condition. We don’t want to see our patients small misunderstandings with friends, family, and co-workers turn into big life altering problems. Explore our website today and discover the latest innovations in hearing technology.
Our Mission Statement drives our practice: Making our patients’ everyday lives better.
As experts in the field of helping people hear, we know all of the exciting options available and we’re always here to answer your questions and help you take the next step towards better hearing.