Reasons to make your hearing health a priority

Your hearing health is an important part of your life, and it’s essential you monitor it regularly to make sure you don’t start developing issues. 

Impact on your mental health

Mental health is a huge topic of discussion in today’s society as there are many people who suffer from mental conditions. It can be difficult for people to be open about their mental health and speak up about the issues they’re dealing with or currently facing in their life. Bad hearing can have a huge impact on your mental health, as if you’re struggling to hear correctly or communicate properly it will dampen your spirits. 

It’s important you make your hearing health a priority, and if you don’t spot the signs soon it will lead to mental struggles. If you do begin to experience hearing loss, you may face potential fatigue due to the constant strain of energy you’re using to listen to sounds. This will begin a domino effect which can lead to increased anxiety, depression and loneliness; all of which can be difficult to deal with without the best help and support.

The sooner you spot your hearing deteriorating, we encourage you to speak up and get in touch with an independent audiologist. Whilst the NHS provides everyone in the UK with free health care, unfortunately, you will have to wait a considerable amount of time before the correct treatments will become available. 

Whereas at a designated audiologist, you will be seen almost instantly and get the help you need. At The Hearing Specialist, as soon as you arrive for your appointment, we will perform a full diagnostic check to find out what’s causing your hearing loss, and how severe it is. From there, we can provide the appropriate advice and care to help you improve your hearing.

Woman's hearing affecting her mental health

Social interaction

Your hearing is a gift, and it’s the key to understanding people and your surroundings. We rely upon this skill daily, and it’s crucial we take good care of it before and after it starts to decline. You need to have good hearing to communicate with friends, family, work colleagues and clients. This is the fuel to successful and long-term relationships and it’s another important reason why you should make your hearing health a priority.

We encourage you to get your hearing tested sooner rather than later if you suspect hearing loss. It’s necessary to seek treatment quickly as it will provide you with a better quality of life afterwards, if you don’t, there is a chance you can lose connections to the people who matter in your life. Don’t allow your hearing loss to diminish your social and personal life, approach an audiologist and make your hearing a priority. 

At The Hearing Specialist, we offer professional, thorough hearing tests at four clinic locations in Wimbledon, Teddington, Wallington and Cheam. We’ll discuss with you the most suitable treatment options to help you hear clearly again, and ensure you can still have a great social life meeting friends and feeling comfortable around new people. 

Increase productivity and coordination 

Working in an office can be difficult in any scenario, but a decrease in your hearing will affect your productivity immensely. You won’t be able to communicate with your colleagues effectively which can lead to mismanagement of work and create a backlog of incomplete tasks that need completing for specific deadlines.  

You will struggle to follow conversations in meetings with clients which isn’t ideal, as if you miss an important detail they’ve mentioned and you’ve acknowledged it anyway, the client won’t be impressed. To avoid potential situations like this, it’s crucial to make your hearing a priority.

It’s important to know that how we hear is about more than just our ears. Balance and environmental awareness are major factors that can impact your hearing loss, so if at any point you feel discoordinated this could be due to your hearing. Being in the workplace is usually where you will start to notice changes to your hearing. 

If you’re worried your hearing is declining, and you’ve noticed sounds in the workplace are progressively getting quieter, you should speak to your line manager or boss about the situation. 

Co-workers working as a team

Avoid dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

A major reason why you should make your hearing health a priority, is it can lead to a deterioration of your cognitive functions if left untreated. There is a chance you could develop mental diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, which can bei difficult to deal with for yourself and your friends and family. That’s why it’s important to ensure your hearing health is monitored frequently. 

Statistics show that the risk of dementia and Alzheimers is high for those suffering from hearing loss, as the brain cells are lacking stimulation and overworking to hear sounds. This section of the brain will struggle to process noises and causes these brain cells to shrink over time. Both of these conditions can bring many challenges, and it’s crucial you get in touch with your doctor immediately to get the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

At The Hearing Specialist, we will inspect your ears using a handheld otoscope to check for any signs of abnormalities, medical conditions or a build-up of ear wax that could be causing your hearing problems. A thorough hearing test will be performed which may include a tone test and a speech test to assess all aspects of your particular hearing issues and concerns.

If you’ve found our blog particularly helpful and you would like to find out more information, get in touch with us today and one of our experts will provide you with everything you need to know.