This week we celebrated U.S. independence with fireworks, barbecues, and beach time. Of course, we want to enjoy our independence every day ― not just during one holiday a year. As we age, hearing loss threatens to deprive many of us of the ability to experience life on our terms. Fortunately, hearing aids can help us prolong lives of freedom to work, play, and relax as we see fit.
The threats to our freedom
The biggest barriers to an independent life involve health and safety concerns. Consider the following statistics:
- Falls are the leading cause of death by accident in people 65 and older. Even mild hearing loss that is left untreated has been found to increase the risk of falling
- Many people need to work long past what used to be the average age of retirement these days in order to continue affording their homes and maintain their lifestyles. The economic impact associated with untreated hearing loss can be as high as $1 million for people with profound hearing loss over their lifetime.
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia drive the need for millions of people to live with caretakers or enter nursing homes. Multiple studies have linked hearing loss to a significant increase in likelihood of developing these debilitating conditions.
Maintain the life you love with hearing aids
It’s simple: improving your hearing allows you to live an independent life longer. You’re more likely to keep working in your chosen career if you don’t miss vital information relayed during meetings or mishear directions from your boss. You’ll be more comfortable socializing with friends if you don’t feel left out of their conversations in crowded bars and noisy restaurants. And knowing you can hear a fire alarm or sound of someone breaking in can make you feel more secure living in your own home, even if you life alone. So, if you’ve been putting off a visit to a hearing care professional, take inspiration from our recent Independence Day celebration. Take action to maintain your independence for many years to come ― make an appointment to have your hearing checked today!